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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 


Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   9 

Children's  Home  10 

Foreign  Missions  12 

Home  Missions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  13 

Family  Devotions  13 


Volume  99  Number  1 


January  4,  1984 
Janle  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 

Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.,  811 
North  Lee  Street,  Ayden,  North  Carolina  28513-0158. 
Second-class  postage  paid  at  Ayden,  North  Carolina 
(USPS  209-440). 

All  materials  to  be  placed  in  any  issue  must  be  in 
the  hands  of  the  editor  seven  days  prior  to  the 
publication  date  of  that  issue. 

The  purpose  of  this  paper  is  to  promote  the  cause  of 
Christ  among  Original  Free  Will  Baptists,  and  we 
reserve  the  right  to  refuse  any  article  or  news  that  is 
inconsistent  with  our  purpose,  programs,  or  policies, 
and  that  does  not  reflect  a  spirit  of  harmony  and 
cooperation  with  the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foun- 
dation and  the  North  Carolina  State  Convention  of 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists. 

The  contents  herein  do  not  necessarily  reflect  the 
beliefs  or  policies  of  the  editor  or  of  The  Free  Will 
Baptist.  The  responsibility  for  each  article  is  given 
the  person  whose  name  appears  under  the  title  or  to 
the  person  submitting  said  article. 

Items  for  publication  should  be  addressed  to  the 
Editor,  The  Free  Will  Baptist,  P.  O.  Box  158,  Ayden, 
North  Carolina  28513-0158. 

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residents  of  other  states,  $8.50,  $15.50  and  $30  respec- 
tively ( plus  sales  tax  where  it  applies ) . 

Every-Family  Plan:  A  25  percent  discount  given 
when  local  churches  send  the  "Baptist"  to  the  home 
of  every  member;  names  and  addresses  to  be  pro- 
vided by  churches.  Churches  are  billed  quarterly. 

Bundle  Plan:  Lots  of  25  or  more  "Baptists"  are 
sent  to  one  individual  who  in  turn  distributes  these.  A 
50  percent  discount  is  offered  under  this  plan. 

Bookstore  Hours:  Ayden,  Smithfield,  and 
Whiteville,  9  a.m.— 5  p.m.,  Monday— Saturday. 

New  Bern,  Wilson,  and  Kinston,  9:30  a.m.— 5  p.m., 
Monday— Saturday. 

Board  of  Directors 

Dewey  Boling,  President;  C.  Felton  Godwin,  Vice 
President;  Ruth  Taylor,  Secretary;  Adrian  Grubbs, 
Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards; 
Marlce  DeBruhl;  James  Billy  Hardee;  De  Wayne 
Eakes;  David  W.  Hansley,  Chairman  Emeritus. 

Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.:  Cliff 
Gray,  Executive  Director;  Janie  Jones  Sowers, 
Editor  of  Literature. 


Editorial 


Expectations  Cause  Difficulties 

The  established  church  has  somewhat  stubbornly  sur- 
vived centuries  of  change.  Of. late,  these  have  taken  the  form 
of  a  falling  away,  persecution,  and  anti-institutionalism. 
Rather  miraculously,  though,  it  continues  to  countenance 
something  which  is  far  more  debilitating  than  any  outside 
pressure:  it  is  the  inside  indifference  of  its  own  professed 
adherents. 

This  indifference  is  manifested  toward  the  church,  the 
layman,  and  the  minister.  While  many  can  state— without 
hesitation— what  they  expect  from  their  pastoral  family,  they 
fail  to  consider  what  might  be  expected  of  them.  Then  again, 
many  ministers  preach  "hot  and  heavy"  about  the  errors 
committed  by  the  members  of  their  congregations— and  their 
fellow  ministers— while  they  fail  to  examine  their  own  lives. 
Two  reasons  for  this  have  been  suggested:  Christians  point  out 
the  errors  committed  by  others  to  keep  people  from  examin- 
ing their  own  lives;  or,  they  have  not  adequately  prepared 
themselves  for  the  job  at  hand— they  do  not  know  how  to  lead 
people  or  to  live  committed  Christian  lives. 

The  seventies  provided  us  with  an  endless  list  of  "how-to" 
literature.  We  can  read  and  learn  how  to  be  a  Christian 
without  being  religious,  how  to  pray,  how  to  be  Christian 
parents,  how  to  be  a  Christian  in  show  business,  how  to  be  a 
Christian  wife  or  husband,  how  to  witness,  how  to  ...  .  The  list 
for  ministers  is  endless,  too;  he  can  discover  how  to  be  an  ef- 
fective administrator,  how  to  be  a  good  pastor,  how  to 
organize  his  church— life— family— family's  affairs,  how  to 
relate  to  young  people,  how  to  counsel,  how  not  to  counsel,  how 
to  ...  .  All  of  this  printed  material  could  easily  cause  one  to 
become  anxious  and  guilt-ridden,  while  he  wonders,  "Now 
what  else  am  I  doing  wrong?" 

The  time  has  come  for  the  "artificial  difference"  imposed 
upon  the  minister  and  his  family  to  be  put  aside.  They  need  to 
be  freed  from  the  many  man-made  notions  which  often  dictate 
who  they  are  and  what  they  should  or  should  not  do  in  virtually 
every  area  of  life.  It  is  also  time  for  the  ministerial  family  to 
apply  some  of  the  same  attitudes  they  have  been  trying  to 
teach  others. 

For  this  to  happen,  several  things  must  take  place.  We,  as 
Christians,  need  to  learn  to  accept  ourselves— our  own  human- 
ness,  our  own  needs,  our  own  strengths  and  weaknesses— at 
the  same  time  we  must  all  come  to  grips  with  our  own  impossi- 
ble expectations  of  ourselves.  We  must  acknowledge  our  own 
limitations  and  come  to  the  realization  that  we  will  never  be 
able  to  do  and  be  everything  that  is  expected  of  us.  (This  is 
particularly  applicable  to  those  in  full-time  Christian  ser- 
vice.) There  must  also  come  the  understanding  that  there  is  a 
difference  between  man's  expectations  and  God's.  They  are 
often  thousands  of  miles  apart. 

Once  we  all  come  to  understand  these  things,  we  will  be 
able  to  grasp  the  fact  that  while  laymen  and  pastors  have  dif- 
ferent functions  within  the  Body  of  Christ,  we  are  called  to  the 
same  behavior,  commitment  and  ministry.  (Or  at  least,  that  is 
what  the  Bible  says. ) 


2 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


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SCHEDULE  FOR  THE  DAY 

10:00  a.m.  College  Hall  and  Campus  Open  House— 

Tours  Begin 

11:00  a.m.-12:15  p.m.     Barbecue  and  Fried  Chicken  Lunch 

Available  in  Student  Center  on  New 
Campus  ($3.50  per  plate) 

Noon  College  Hall  Tours  End  Until  After  Pro- 

gram 

12:30  p.m.  Guests  are  Requested  to  be  Seated  in 

College  Hall.  Pre-program  Music 
Begins 

12:45  p.m.  Procession:  Trustees,  Ministers,  Faculty, 

Special  Guests  and  Governor  Hunt 
Program  in  College  Hall 
College  Hall  and  Campus  Tours  Resume 


COLLEGE  HALL— 
SOMETHING  EXTRAORDINARY!  I 


College  Hall  is  a  spirit— a  spirit  of  what  is 
going  on  at  Mount  Olive  College. 

"It  is  more  than  concrete,  steel  and  glass. 
It  is  the  embodiment  of  the  character  and  life 
of  the  College,"  says  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper, 
president.  "I  think  the  building  is  a  factor, 
along  with  the  four-year  program,  in  the  fact 
that  we  have  50%  more  applicants  this  year 
than  we  had  last  year  at  this  time.  It  is  the 
'yeast'  to  the  whole  development  of  the  College." 

The  building  can  be  seen.  What  isn't  visible 
are  the  things  that  go  along  with  it:  the 
academic  master  plan  being  developed;  the 
faculty  members  working  for  advanced 
degrees;  the  computer  laboratory;  the  2,000 
new  books  being  added  to  the  library  each 
year;  or  the  professional  training  the  admis- 
sions people  are  receiving. 

The  facility  was  designed  by  Hayes,  Howell 
and  Associates,  one  of  the  leading  architectural 
firms  of  North  Carolina  and  constructed  by 
T.  A.  Loving  Company,  one  of  the  most 
respected  contractors  in  the  state.  The  building 
is  one  that  the  College  will  be  proud  of  and  one 
that  the  public  will  respect. 

"College  Hall  will  give  the  Free  Will  Bap- 
tist Church  a  building  it  can  identify  with.  The 
use  of  this  facility  by  the  Church  will  help  it 
build  confidence  in  the  future,"  says  Dr. 
Raper.  "It  is  the  kind  of  building  that  lifts  your 
spirits.  It  impresses  you  when  you  see  it  and  in- 
spires you  when  you  enter  it." 

The  facility  is  believed  to  be  the  best  sports 
arena  with  the  largest  seating  capacity  of  any 
building  within  50  miles  of  the  campus.  It  is  one 
of  the  most  complete  physical  education 
facilities  of  any  small  college. 

The  multi-faceted  building  will  serve  the 
students,  the  church,  the  community  and  the 
whole  region.  It  will  bring  thousands  of  people 
to  the  campus.  In  March  the  Foreign  Missions 
Board  will  hold  a  conference  at  College  Hall. 
The  State  Youth  Convention,  the  State 
Woman's  Auxiliary  Convention,  and  the  North 
Carolina  State  Convention  have  already 
scheduled  their  1984  annual  meetings  on  cam- 
pus. Also,  the  Wayne  County  dinner  for  the  col- 
lege will  probably  be  held  in  College  Hall  in 
1984. 

The  facility  that  will  mean  so  much  to  so 
many  people  was  attained  by  careful  planning 
and  firm  commitment.  That  commitment 
began  more  than  five  years  ago  when  the  gift 
support  campaign  was  started. 


The  groundbreaking  took  place  August  29,  \ 
1982.  The  actual  construction  on  College  Hall 
began  on  October  20,  1982.  Ministerial  students 
who  participate  in  the  work  study  program  at 
the  College  were  hired  by  the  contractor  durin, 
those  early  weeks. 

"The  contractor,  T.  A.  Loving,  needed  ex- 
tra help.  Work  was  slack  here  at  the  College,  s 
we  went  over  to  the  construction  site  for  a  few! 
weeks,"  remembered  Steve  Starnes,  a  youth 
minister  at  Stoney  Creek  Church.  "I  remembe 
the  regular  construction  workers  saying  that  w 
wouldn't  be  back  after  the  first  day  because  tn 
work  was  so  hard." 

Starnes,  Roger  Heath,  who  is  a  ministry  in 
tern  at  Pine  Level  Church,  and  Cecil  Black-  I 
mon,  pastor  of  Long  Ridge  Church,  did  go  bad* 
and  finished  what  they  set  out  to  do.  They 
helped  prepare  the  foundation  by  digging  holes 
six  feet  deep  and  10-12  feet  wide,  with  shovels, 
for  the  cement  and  reinforced  steel  that  would 
rest  upon  509  piles,  each  40  feet  deep. 

"I  was  so  sore  that  first  day  I  could  hardll 
move,"  said  Heath.  The  soreness  left  after  th! 
first  few  days  and  the  men  began  to  enjoy  the  ! 
work.  They  felt  they  were  a  part  of  College  f 
Hall. 

"I'm  glad  I  could  be  here  and  watch  from) 
start  to  finish,"  said  Starnes.  "As  a  Free  Will  1 
Baptist  minister,  College  Hall  is  important  to  1 
me." 

"I'm  kind  of  proud  of  the  building,"  added 
Blackmon.  "To  me  it  was  a  pleasure.  We  were' 
contributing  to  the  future  of  Mount  Olive  Col-  \ 
lege,  the  people  of  our  church  and  future 
generations  in  eastern  North  Carolina." 

Mac  Yates,  project  superintendent  for  T.  J 
Loving  Company,  supervised  the  construction.' 
Yates  directed  the  multitude  of  sub-contracts  j 
from  electricians  to  the  soil  treatment  for  ter- 1 
mites.  He  also  solved  all  of  the  problems. 
"When  the  hot  water  tank  arrived  we  had  to 
take  a  wall  down  to  get  it  inside,"  said  Yates.  ' 
"That  tank  holds  1980  gallons  of  water." 

Work  on  College  Hall  was  completed 
several  months  ahead  of  schedule.  Yates  feels 
that  the  atmosphere  of  cooperation  and 
helpfulness  contributed  to  that  success. 

"The  greatest  thing  I  enjoyed  was  the  goo 
working  relationship  between  the  College,  the  I 
architect,  the  mechanical  engineer  and  the  coil 
tractor.  The  whole  key  to  construction  work  is 

(Continued  on  Page  15) 


4 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS! 


-  - 


HE  HONORABLE  JAMES  B. 
HUNT  JR.,  GOVERNOR  OF 
THE  STATE  OF 
NORTH  CAROLINA 


THE  GRAND  OPENING  CONVOCATION 


Govenor  Hunt  will  be  the  featured 
oeaker  during  the  Grand  Opening 
eremonies  at  College  Hall  on 
muary  7,  198^. 

LUNCH  AT  MOUNT  OLIVE 
COLLEGE  ON  JANUARY  7 

For  the  benefit  of  those  who 
rrive  early,  we  have  arranged 
nth.  Wilber's  of  Goldsboro  for  a 
Yied  Chicken  and  Barbecue 
combination)  lunch  to  be 
erved  from  11  a.m. -12: 15  p.m. 
l  the  Student  Center  (a  red 
rick  building  located  behind 
Lodgers  Chapel).  The  cost  will 
e  $3.50,  tax  and  beverage  in- 
luded. 

In  order  for  us  to  have  an 
stimate  of  the  number  for 
fhom  to  prepare,  we  ask  each 
astor  (or  person  whom  he 
esignates)  to  advise  us  by 
oon  Friday,  January  6,  the  an- 
cipated  number  from  his 
hurch  who  wish  to  have  lunch 
t  the  College. 

Please  write  or  call,  Mrs. 
ean  Ackiss  (919/658-2502), 
Eount  Olive  College,  Mount 
live,  North  Carolina  28365. 

A  SPECIAL  WORD 
TO  MINISTERS 

Procession:  All  ministers,  or- 
ained  or  licensed,  are  invited 
3  be  in  the  procession  with  the 
lount  Olive  College  Trustees, 
'acuity,  and  Governor  Hunt. 
rou  are  kindly  requested  to 
ssemble  in  Rodgers  Chapel  by 
2:30  p.m. 

"HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


COLLEGE  HALL 

W.  Burkette  Raper,  President,  Presiding 

Prelude  ( 12 : 30  p.m. )         North  Carolina  Symphony  Brass  Quintet 

Procession  (12:45) 

Trumpet  Voluntary  in  D  Major  Clarke 
Trumpet  Voluntary  Stanley 
Rondeau  Mouret 

Order  of  Processional 

The  Faculty  and  Administration  (In  order  of  seniority) 
The  Ministers  of  the  Original  Free  Will  Baptist  Church 
The  Trustees 
President's  Party 

Presentation  of  Colors  (1:00  p.m.)        Seymour  Johnson  Air  Force 

Base  Color  Guard 

National  Anthem 
Scripture  Sentence 

Invocation  Chaplain  (Lt.  Col.)  John B.  Narron, 

Seymour  Johnson  Air  Force  Base 
Mount  Olive  College  Concert  Choir  Carolyn  M.  Knox,  Director 
Greetings  James  B.  Hunt  Sr. ,  Chairman,  Board  of  Trustees 

Mount  Olive  College  Purpose  W.  Burkette  Raper,  President 

Alma  Mater 

Recognition  of  Special  Friends      S.  Woodrow  McCoy,  Chairman, 

Trustee  Development  Committee 
Presentation  of  the  Building    William  P.  Franklin,  Vice  President, 

T.  A.  Loving  Company 

Acceptance  James  A.  Coats,  Vice  President  for  Finance 

Responses 

The  Board  of  Trustees  L.  Marvin  Edwards  Jr. , 

Chairman,  Finance  Committee 
The  Free  Will  Baptist  Church  The  Rev.  Gary  M.  Bailey, 

President,  State  Convention 
The  Faculty  Robert  T.  McEvoy, 

Athletic  Director 

The  Students  Earl  W.  Worley  Jr. , 

President,  Student  Government  Association 
The  Community  Byron  E .  Bryan 

Mount  Olive  College  Singers  Irene  S.  Patten,  Director 

Introduction  of  the  Governor      Charles  O.  Whitley,  Congressman, 

North  Carolina  Third  District 
Address  The  Honorable  James  B.  Hunt  Jr. , 

Governor  of  the  State  of  North  Carolina 
Hymn:  "God  of  Our  Fathers" 

Benediction  The  Rev.  De  Wayne  Eakes, 

President,  North  Carolina  Ministerial  Association 

Recessional 

Music  Postlude  North  Carolina  Symphony  Brass  Quintet 

YOUR  CHAIR  IN  COLLEGE  HALL  IS  HERE 

The  chairs  for  College  Hall  arrived  in  a  railroad  boxcar 
Christmas  weekend.  Their  first  use  will  be  at  the  Grand  Opening  on 
January  7.  During  the  week  of  December  15-21,  contributions  were 
received  for  forty-five  (45)  chairs  in  the  amount  of  $2,250. 

Update  Through  December  21 

Chairs  Needed  800  ($50  each)  $40,000 

Gifts  to  Date  196  9,800 

Balance  604  $30,200 

A  total  of  800  chairs  is  needed  for  use  at  conventions,  con- 
ferences and  other  church-related  events.  These  chairs,  along  with 

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1,250  bleacher  seats,  will  provide  seating  capacity  of  more  than 
2,000  people  on  the  main  floor.  Several  hundred  others  can  be  ac- 
commodated in  the  balcony  which  circles  the  arena.  We  hope  all  of 
these  seats  will  be  filled  on  January  7. 

Chairs  may  be  contributed  by  churches,  Sunday  schools, 
Woman's  Auxiliaries,  Layman's  Leagues,  Sunday  school  classes, 
families  or  individuals.  The  chairs  may  also  be  in  honor  (living)  or 
in  memory  (deceased)  of  persons  chosen  by  the  donor. 

For  the  convenience  of  those  who  cannot  mail  their  gifts  in  ad- 
vance, our  Gift  Records  Secretary,  Mrs.  JoAnn  Pennington,  will 
have  an  office  set  up  in  College  Hall,  on  January  7. 

Concurrent  with  the  campaign  to  raise  gifts  from  Free  Will 
Baptists  for  the  chairs,  a  drive  is  underway  in  the  Mount  Olive  area 
to  obtain  gifts  for  the  bleachers. 

A  chart  of  the  donors  will  be  placed  in  the  lobby  of  College  Hall 
to  recognize  those  who  make  gifts  for  seating  as  well  as  for  the  con- 
struction of  the  building. 

196  Chairs  Through  December  21 


Number 


Donors 

oi  Chairs 

Amount 

Piney  Grove  Church,  Greenville  (Pitt) 

Z 

$  100 

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111  riLMlUI    UL  LJ I  .   CLILU  IVlIO.    VV  .    DUI  Kcllc  IvcLJLICI 

± 

50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  B.  Strickland,  Middlesex 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser 

1 

50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  B.  Strickland,  Middlesex 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Thomas  L.  Bright,  Bladenboro 

A 
i 

zUU 

Chaplain  Lt.  Col.  and  Mrs.  John  B.  Narron,  Goldsboro 

o 
z 

1UU 

Friendship  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Middlesex 

4 

200 

Miss  Becky  Jo  Sumner,  Ahoskie 

1 

50 

In  Honor  of  Chester  H.  Pelt 

1 

50 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  Michael  C.  Pelt,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  James  B.  Pelt 

1 

ou 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  Michael  Pelt,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Bobby  Peede 

1 

OU 

By  Mrs.  Ruth  Peede,  Lucama 

In  Memory  of  Livie  T.  Holland 

1 

50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Tommy  Tyndall,  Autryville 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  C.  Felton  Godwin 

1 

50 

By  the  Roy  McLamb  Family,  Newton  Grove 

In  Honor  of  W.  Burkette  and  Rose  M.  Raper 

1 

50 

By  Sara  M.  Willoughby,  Ahoskie 

In  Memory  of  Oscar  E.  Willoughby 

1 

50 

By  Mrs.  Oscar  E.  Willoughby,  Ahoskie 

The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser,  Wilson 

o 
Z 

1  nn 

Mrs.  Bertha  L.  Morris,  Fremont 

1 

50 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  N.  Brown,  Newport  News,  VA 

4 

200 

Marsh  Swamp  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Wilson 

1 

50 

In  Honor  of  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper 

1 

50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  W.  Ackiss,  Goldsboro 

In  Honor  of  J.  P.  Watson 

1 

50 

By  the  J.  P.  Watson  Sunday  School  Class 

of  Saint  Mary's  Church,  Kenly 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Graham  Faucette 

3 

150 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Ruby  Narron 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Agnes  Wilson 

By  the  Adult  Sunday  School  Class  of 

Saint  Mary's  Church,  Kenly 

In  Memory  of  Ransome  Aldridge 

1 

50 

By  Mrs.  Mary  F.  Aldridge,  Snow  Hill 

Sound  View  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Newport 

1 

50 

In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jack  J.  Dail 

1 

50 

By  Mr.  Jolly  Dail,  Winterville 

The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  C.  L.  Patrick,  Winterville 

2 

100 

Circle  Number  3  of  Little  Rock  Church,  Lucama 

1 

50 

Rains  Cross  Roads  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Kenly 

2 

100 

In  Memory  of  Laura  Watson 

1 

50 

By  J.  P.  Watson,  Kenly 

Bethany  Church,  Winterville 

1 

50 

Totals  (December  15  through  21) 

45 

$2,250 

COLLEGE  HALL 
GROUNDBREAKING  \ 


Over  1,000  friends  of  the  Col, 
lege  attended  the  groundbreakj 
ing  ceremony  on  August  28 
1982.  Participating  in  the  actua 
"groundbreaking"  were:  Dr 
W.  Burkette  Raper,  president 
W.  P.  Kemp,  community  re, 
presentative ;  James  B.  Hunj 
Sr.,  chairman  of  the  Board  o 
Trustees;  David  Charles 
Hansley,  then  president  of  th< 
Free  Will  Baptist  State  Conven 
tion;  and  Joe  Jones,  studen 
representative. 

The  building  was  the  larges 
construction  project  in  th« 
history  of  the  College.  Now  tha' 
it  is  finished,  a  sense  of  pride  U 
felt  by  everyone  on  campus. 

"People  can  look  at  tht 
building  and  see  something  ex 
traordinary  in  it,"  says  Dr 
Raper.  "College  Hall  is  an  out- 
ward and  visible  sign  of  an  in- 
ner vitality  of  the  educational 
excellence  being  developed  at 
Mount  Olive  College." 


6 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


COLLEGE  HALL  CHANGES 

The  summer  of  1983  found  College  Hall  look- 
ng  like  an  empty  shell.  There  was  so  much  more 
;o  be  done.  By  October  25,  the  floors  were  being 
aid  and  the  building  had  the  look  of  something 
special. 

The  evening  of  the  Wayne  County  dinner 
nany  visitors  had  the  opportunity  to  see  the 
ihanges  taking  place.  These  members  of  Stoney 
Dreek  Church  were  interested  in  the  Metal 
3alide  lights  over  the  gym  floor.  There  are  38 
ights  which  burn  brighter  the  longer  they  are  on 
ind  are  very  economical  to  use.  Metal  Halide 
ights  take  less  current  to  make  them  work.  Pic- 
ured  are  (1-r)  C.  Darrell  Horne,  Gordon  Mo- 
;ingo,  local  church  chairman  for  Stoney  Creek 
I!hurch,  and  Delbert  Scott. 


m 

r:  - 

"*>JK* 

OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  THE  PURCHASE 
OF  BLEACHER  SEATS 
OR  CONVENTION  CHAIRS 

The  interior  of  College  Hall  glows  for  the  kick-off  of  the 
Bleacher  Seat  Campaign.  Bleacher  seats  are  available  for  $100 
each. 

Elwood  Goodson,  president  of  the  Wayne  Home  Improvement 
Company,  presented  the  first  check  to  M.  Henry  Garrity,  vice 
president  for  development.  Five  bleacher  seats  were  purchased. 
Campaigners  from  the  community,  Eva  and  Delano  R.  Hill,  review 
the  campaign  literature. 

Students  at  Mount  Olive  College  will  also  have  the  opportunity 
to  sell  bleacher  seats  and  also  to  sell  convention  chairs.  The  College 
announced  that  $1,000  in  scholarships  will  be  awarded  in  a  student 
contest. 

One  $300  scholarship  will  go  to  the  student  who  sells  the  most 
bleacher  seats  and/or  convention  chairs.  Two  $100  scholarships 
will  go  to  the  runners-up.  Another  $300  scholarship  will  go  to  the  stu- 
dent who  raises  the  most  money.  Two  $100  scholarships  will  go  to 
the  runners-up.  Scholarship  money  may  be  applied  to  tuition,  used 
to  reduce  a  loan  or  used  to  reduce  work  study  hours.  The  student 
contest  applies  from  December  22  to  January  19. 


rHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


7 


The  Student  Government  Association  of  Mount  Olive  College 
has  pledged  themselves  to  a  fund  raising  project  during  the  spring 
semester.  The  SGA  has  pledged  to  purchase  10  seats  in  College  Hall 
for  a  total  of  $1,000.  The  pledge  is  to  be  honored  on  or  before  May  11. 
Four  seats  are  to  honor  the  1983-84  Women's  Dorm  Council  and 
three  seats  are  to  honor  the  1983-84  Men's  Dorm  Council. 

With  the  church,  the  students  and  the  community  pulling 
together,  the  campaigns  to  sell  bleacher  seats  and  convention 
chairs  should  be  most  successful! 

COLLEGE  HALL  LANDSCAPING  SET 


Planning  the  final  stages  of  the  landscaping  around  College  Hall  are  (front  row 
l-r)  W.  P.  Kemp  Sr.,  Goldsboro;  Professor  Lorelle  Martin,  committee  chairman; 
Rose  M.  Raper,  Mount  Olive;  Gary  Barefoot,  college  librarian,  (back  row  l-r) 
James  Coats,  VP  for  Finance;  W.  P.  Kemp  Jr.,  Goldsboro;  and  Robert  Martin,  col- 
lege buildings  and  grounds  supervisor. 

Landscaping  has  begun  around  College  Hall,  the  $3  million 
athletic-convention  center  on  the  Mount  Olive  College  campus. 

Lewis  Clarke  Associates  of  Raleigh  designed  the  landscape  ar- 
chitecture plans  for  the  College.  During  several  meetings,  the  Cam- 
pus Beautification  Committee  discussed  and  reviewed  the  land- 
scaping plans.  The  committee  members  decided  that  the  planting 
around  College  Hall  could  begin  immediately. 

We  will  plant  different  kinds  of  plants  at  the  four  corners  of  Col- 
lege Hall.  These  plants  will  be  suitable  to  that  particular  environ- 
ment," said  Professor  Lorelle  Martin,  chairman  of  the  committee. 
"We  feel  that  Liriope,  Abelia,  Acuba,  Camellia  and  Indian 
Hawthorne  will  do  best  in  these  areas. 

"Plans  also  include  a  mixture  of  Azaleas  at  the  entrance  of  Col- 
lege Hall  to  achieve  long  lasting  color,"  added  Professor  Martin. 

When  the  final  landscaping  is  completed  a  mixture  of  plants 
and  trees  will  enhance  the  entire  area.  Wax  Myrtle,  Flowering 
Pear,  Juniper,  Magnolia,  Willow  Oak,  Deodora  Cedar,  River  Birch 
and  Creeping  Cotoneaster  combined  with  the  attractive  College 
Hall  building  will  make  the  Mount  Olive  College  campus  a  visual 
treat. 

Committee  members  serving  with  Professor  Martin  are  Gary 
F.  Barefoot,  Nathan  Hinkle,  W.  P.  Kemp  Sr.,  W.  P.  Kemp  Jr.,  Rose 
M.  Raper,  Edna  M.  Scarborough,  William  M.  Mc  La  whom,  James 
Coats,  M.  Hank  Garrity  and  Robert  Martin. 

(Continued  on  Page  15) 

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CRAGMONT 
ASSEMBLY 

NOVEMBER  1983 
RECEIPTS 
Central  Conference 
Friendship  $ 
Howell  Swamp 
Rose  Hill  Sunday  School 
Reedy  Branch 
Second  Union 
Aspen  Grove 
Harrell's  Chapel 
King's  Cross  Roads 
Spring  Branch 
Willing  Workers 
Hull  Road 

Friendship  (Walstonburg) 
Edgewood 
Central  Conference 


30.0C 
100.0C 
50.0C 
21.0C 
12.54 
36.5C 
36.50 
720.5C 
350.(X)j 
20.00 
200.00 
25.00 
90.00 
250.00 


Total 

$1,942.04 

Cape  Fear  Conference 

Catalpa  Mission 

$ 

10.00 

Saint  Mary's  Grove 

150.00 

Saint  Paul 

50.00 

Cape  Fear  Youth 

100.00 

Powhatan 

200.00 

Total 

$ 

510.00 

Eastern  Conference 

Holly  Springs 

$ 

250.0C 

Fifth  Eastern 

Sunday  School  Convention 

10.0C 

White  Oak  Grove 

100.0C 

Pilgrims  Rest 

5.0C 

Third  District 

Sunday  School  Convention 

20.00 

Trent 

65.0G 

Warsaw,  First 

50.0C 

Total 

$ 

500.00 

Western  Conference 

Mount  Zion  (Nashville) 

$ 

75.00 

Ladd/ Smith  Bible  Class 

Sherron  Acres 

200.001 

Currie  Bible  Class 

Sherron  Acres 
Little  Rock 
Friendship 
Wilson,  First 
Milbournie 
Pleasant  Hill 
Sherron  Acres 
St.  Mary's 

Thurman  West  Class 

St.  Mary's 
Union  Grove 
Watson's  Grove 

Total 
Others 

North  Carolina 

Woman's  Auxiliary 
Celia  Hart  Garris 

Ladies  Auxiliary 
First,  St.  Cloud,  Florida 
Adult  Bible  Class 
Cragmont  Club 
Conference  and  Retreat 
Miscellaneous 
Store 

Total 

Grand  Total 


125.00} 
44.50 
44.50 
500.00 
37.50* 
100.001 
175.00^ 
250.001 


63.92 
25.00 
50.00 


$  1,690.42 


$  6,815.1' 

15.(K 
5.0( 
50.(X 
1,471.(K 
4,888.3! 

293.71 
1,648.8! 
$15,187.4* 


(Continued  on  Page  15) 
THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


[News  81  Notes 


n  Old  Fashioned 


hanks  giving  at  Faith  Church 


The  Woman's  Auxiliary  of 
r'aith  Church  of  Leland  had  an 
ild  fashioned  Thanksgiving. 
?he  ladies  dressed  up  in 
tilgrim  dresses.  Then  the 
adies  put  on  a  Thanksgiving 
>rogram.  The  event  took  place 
>n  November  23  at  7:30  p.m. 

After  the  program  everyone 
vent  downstairs  for  a 
?hanksgiving  dinner.  The 
>astor  also  had  a  surprise 
)irthday  party  along  with  the 
rhanksgiving  dinner. 

The  men  also  dressed  in 
eans.  There  was  a  wonderful 
ime  of  fellowshiping. 

leavenbound  to  Perform 

The  gospel  group,  Heaven- 
>ound,  will  perform  at  Sidney 
Church  on  Friday,  January  6. 
[*he  time  of  the  services  is  7:30 
).m. 


The  highly  successful  group 
has  produced  such  hits  as  "I 
Know  My  God  Can  Do  It,"  "We 
Are  Those  Children,"  and  the 
1982  song  of  the  year  in  gospel 
music ,  ' '  Cannonland  Is  Just  in 
Sight." 

The  members,  Jeff  Gibson, 
Allen  Ham,  Ken  Eubanks,  and 
Lawrence  Taylor,  hail  from  the 
Kinston  area. 

Sidney  Church  is  located  just 
off  Highway  92,  6  miles  west  of 
Belhaven.  The  church  extends 
a  very  special  welcome  to 
everyone  to  enjoy  spirit-filled 
gospel  music. 

Cape  Fear  Youth 
Fellowship  Review 

The  Cape  Fear  Youth  Rally 
met  at  the  First  Church  of 
Goldsboro,  on  December  3, 
1983.  Both  attendance  banners 
were  given  to  Shady  Grove  with 
24  youth  and  27  overall.  There 
were  184  people  present  at  the 
rally. 

Mrs.  Edna  Fowler  held  the 
installation  of  officers  for  1984. 

Each  church  should  hold 
its  local  talent  show  in 
January.  The  winners  from 
each  church  will  be  in  the  Cape 
Fear  Youth  Rally  talent  show 
in  February. 

The  next  meeting  will  be  held 
at  Faith  Church,  near  Four 
Oaks,  January  7,  1984,  at  7:30 
p.m. 


PRINCETON  MISSION 
DOING  WELL 

The  Cape  Fear  Missions 
Board  is  very  proud  to  an- 
nounce that  the  Princeton  Mis- 
sion has  begun,  and  the  pastor, 
the  Rev.  Floyd  Smith,  is  very 
excited  about  the  new  work 
there.  It  currently  is  averaging 
approximately  12  people  each 
Sunday. 

The  Princeton  Mission  will  be 
holding  a  revival  on  January 
9-13  with  the  Rev.  T.  C.  Farmer 
as  the  evangelist.  Everyone  is 
cordially  invited  to  these  ser- 
vices, at  which  Mr.  Smith  will 
be  formally  installed  as  the 
missionary  for  the  work  at 
Princeton.  The  installation  will 
be  carried  out  during  the  eve- 
ning worship  service  on  Friday 
night. 

The  Princeton  Mission  is  sup- 
ported by  the  State  Home  Mis- 
sions Board;  therefore,  any 
money  to  help  this  work  should 
be  earmarked  Princeton  Mis- 
sion. Money  can  be  sent  to 
either  the  Home  Missions 
Board  or  to  Mr.  H.  T.  Hinson, 
secretary  of  the  Cape  Fear  Con- 
ference. 

With  the  mission  just  under 
way,  it  needs  prayers,  money 
and  time  of  the  people.  The 
Cape  Fear  Missions  Board  is 
asking  that  everyone  help  this 
mission  work. 

The  Cape  F§ar  Missions 
Board  has  two  new  members 
this  year,  the  Revs.  Dean  Ken- 
nedy and  Ted  Bryant.  The 
board  is  excited  about  this  work 
and  hope  that  many  souls  will 
be  added  to  the  Kingdom  of  God 
and  that  other  missions  can  be 
started  in  the  near  future. 


NOTICE 

The  Eastern  Conference 
Ordaining  Council  will  meet 
January  9,  1984,  at  Bridgeton 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church, 
Bridgeton,  at  10  a.m.  Anyone 
having  business  with  the  coun- 
cil is  asked  to  come  at  this  time. 

Francis  Garner,  Secretary 


im  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


9 


Children's  Home 


WOODMEN  OF  THE  WORLD  PARTY 


The  Foster  children  really  know  how  to  get  "close  to  Santa's  heart!" 
The  Woodmen  of  the  World  Christmas  party  is  an  event  that  the 
youth  and  staff  of  the  Children's  Home  look  forward  to  each  year 
during  the  Christmas  season.  Again,  this  Christmas,  the  Woodmen 
have  brought  excitement  and  happiness  to  the  Home  in  a  warm 
spirit  of  sharing.  What  did  they  share  .  .  .?  They  shared  toys  and 
gifts  for  the  youth  and  children  to  enjoy,  each  chosen  specially  with 
the  particular  needs  of  each  child  in  mind.  They  shared  cash  gifts  to 
be  used  by  each  child  at  his  or  her  own  holiday  discretion.  But  of  all 
that  was  given,  the  best  gift  was  the  gift  of  themselves  .  .  .  their 
time,  their  genuine  concern,  and  their  pleasure  in  being  with  the 
children. 

There  was  someone  else  who  had  a  similar  attitude.  He  gave 
his  time  (about  thirty-three  years)  .  .  .  His  genuine  concern  (as 
displayed  overlooking  Jerusalem  and  at  Gethsemane)  .  .  .  and  ex- 
pressed His  pleasure  in  being  with  His  children  (John  1:11,  12). 
What  is  Christmas  really  all  about  anyway? 


Canteen  assistants  prepare  for  ac- 
tivities in  the  canteen. 

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A  little  "clowning  around"  at  the 
Woodmen  of  the  World  Christmas  pan 
ty. 


Children  at  play. 


The  tension  mounts  in  an  aggressive 
game  of  football. 

ACTIVmES,  ETC. 

Winter  time  never  seems  tc| 
slow  down  our  children.  Even 
on  the  worst  of  days,  there  is 
always  something  to  do.  Ouii 
campus  canteen  is  used  year 
around,  but  winter  time  brings; 
boisterous  games  of  football,! 
air  hockey  and  other  table 
games.  There  is  something  fori 
everyone.  Even  with  modern! 
heating  facilities,  the  fireplace! 
always  provides  a  cozy  meeting1 
place.  It  provides  the  right 
relaxing  atmosphere  for  school; 
gossip  and  sharing  past  fun  ex-1 
periences.  Not  all  days  warrant 
inside  activities,  so  progressive 
games  of  basketball  and  touch 
football  are  a  favorite  pastime. 
After  a  hearty  game  the 
children  enjoy  a  refreshing! 
snack  or  a  meal.  Free  Will  Bap 
tist  Children's  Home  is  always 
alive  with  the  sounds  of  active 
happy  children. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


SCENES  FROM  THE  COMMUNITY  CHRISTMAS  SERVICE 


Our  children  sing  of  that  wonderful  night  .  .  . 


One  of  our  most  recent  proj- 
scts  on  campus  was  the  opening 
>f  Parker  House  for  our  In- 
lependent  Living  Program. 
i\nir  girls,  from  15  to  19  years 
•Id,  with  a  supervisor,  will  be 
esiding  in  the  lovely  home, 
^he  girls  were  excited  and  anx- 
ous  to  accept  their  new 
hallenges. 

We  are  always  striving  to 
iuild  a  quality  Child  Care  Pro- 
jam.  Through  your  prayers 
,nd  support  we  are  able  to  con- 
inue  extending  the  open  arms 
if  Jesus  to  our  children. 


PLEASANT  GROVE  YFA 
VISITS  CAMPUS 


Pleasant  Grove  YFA 


On  December  11,  1983, 
^emuel  and  Glenda  Hood, 
eaders  of  the  YFA  at  Pleasant 
Jrove  Church,  Wayne  County, 
ind  members  of  the  YFA 
risited  and  toured  the 
Children's  Home.  They 
•resented  the  Executive  Direc- 
or,  Bobby  R.  Taylor,  with 
hree  checks  for  the  Home ;  one 
or  $1,150,  the  church's 
thanksgiving  offering,  $50 
rom  the  C.  S.  Hinnant  Sunday 
chool  class,  and  $50  raised  by 
he  YFA.  After  the  tour,  they 
njoyed  refreshments  and 
ellowship.  We  thank  them  for 
heir  interest  in  the  ministry  of 
Child  Care. 

IHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Our  community  Christmas  service 
was  preceded  by  a  delicious  meal  from 
Parker's  Barbecue. 


Children  .  .  .  bright  candles  in  a  dark 
world. 


1977  PLYMOUTH  DONATED 


Recently  Mr.  Willie  Bundy,  who  attends  Saints  Delight  Free 
Will  Baptist  Church,  Bridge  ton,  North  Carolina,  donated  to  the 
Children's  Home  a  1977  Plymouth.  We  wish  to  take  this  opportunity 
to  express  our  sincere  thanks  to  Mr.  Bundy  for  his  gift.  Mr.  Bundy 
is  owner  and  operator  of  Willie  Bundy  Plumbing  Company  of  New 
Bern,  North  Carolina.  The  Rev.  Noah  Brown  is  pastor  of  Saints 
Delight  Free  Will  Baptist  Church. 

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Foreign  Missions! 


DAY  OF  PRAYER  FOR  THE  PHILIPPINES 


Palawan  Bible  Institute  sets  aside  one  day  each  trimester  for  a 
day  of  prayer.  So  on  October  26,  1983,  all  classes  were  suspended 
and  the  day  was  given  to  prayer  and  worship  by  the  faculty,  staff 
and  student  body. 

The  direct  commands  in  Scripture  and  the  current  events  here 
led  us  to  designate  the  theme  for  the  day  as  "Day  of  Prayer  for  the 
Philippines. ' '  The  theme  verse  for  the  day  was  2  Chronicles  7 : 14 :  7/ 
my  people,  which  are  called  by  my  name,  shall  humble  themselves, 
and  pray,  and  seek  my  face,  and  turn  from  their  wicked  ways;  then 
I  will  hear  from  heaven,  and  will  forgive  their  sin,  and  will  heal 
their  land.  Prayer  was  concentrated  upon  three  main  areas  of  need 
as  seen  in  the  following  prayer  agenda  that  was  used. 

♦PRAYER  NEEDS* 

I.  The  LOST  people  of  the  Philippines  (Psalm  2:8). 

1.  Those  who  have  never  heard  of  Jesus. 

2.  Those  who  have  never  received  Jesus  as  Saviour  and  Lord. 

3.  Those  who  are  living  in  bondage  to  superstition  and  fear. 

4.  Those  who  are  deceived  by  the  cults  and  false  teachers. 

5.  Those  who  have  come  to  Christ  but  have  turned  back. 

II.  The    LABORERS    to   work   in   the    harvest   of   the  Philippines 
(Matthew  9:37,  38). 

1.  Pastors 

2.  Bible  Women 

3.  Evangelists 

4.  Missionaries 

5.  Bible  institutes,  colleges  and  seminaries  to  train  these  workers. 
III.  The  LEADERS  of  the  Philippines  (1  Timothy  2:1,  2:  Romans  13:1,  2). 

1.  The  President  and  the  First  Family 

2.  The  Opposition  Leaders 

3.  All  Government  Officials 

4.  All  Evangelical  Church  Leaders 

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There  was  also  plannec 
special  singing  and  two  specia 
speakers  for  the  day.  As  wt 
spent  the  day  with  the  Lord  ii 
worship  and  prayer,  our  heart; 
were  blessed  and  encouraged 
We  know  God  is  in  control  an<j 
that  He  does  all  things  well. 

These  things  are  shareq 
with  you  as  current  news.  Buj 
more  important,  they  ar<i 
shared  to  encourage,  ask  am; 
even  plead  with  you  as  a  chile] 
of  God  to  follow  the  abov<i 
prayer  agenda  in  praying  foi| 
God's  ministry  here  among  thf: 
Filipino  people.  We  must  worl| 
while  it  is  yet  day  in  the  Philipj 
pines,  for  the  night  is  coming 
when  no  man  shall  work  (Johij 
9:4). 

Thank  you  in  advance  foi| 
your  faithfulness  in  praying 
and  may  God  richly  bless  you.j 

Serving  Christ| 
The  Baker  Family 
Fred,  Lindej 
Kim  and  Steviif 


YOUTH  NEEDED  FOR 
SUMMER  MINISTRY 

The  Home  Missions  Depart 
ment  needs  four  young  peopl 
over  18  years  of  age  to  d 
volunteer  work  with  thij 
H'mong  people  in  California 
this  summer. 

These  must  be  dedicate* 
youth  who  desire  to  share  i 
strong  faith  in  Christ  with  the] 
young  people  of  the  H'mong. 

If  interested  please  contacj 
the  Rev.  Charles  Crisp,  P.  0 
Box  38,  Ayden,  North  Caroling 
28513;  or  phone  746-4963. 

CENTRAL  CONFERENCE 
ORDAINING  COUNCIL 
TO  MEET 

The  Ordaining  Council  of  th( 
Central  Conference  will  meet  a 
10  a.m.  on  January  9,  1984,  a 
First  Church,  Greenville 
Anyone  wishing  to  meet  witt 
the  Council,  should  call  tht 
Rev.  Harry  Grubbs  at  756-8585 
or  756-6600  for  an  appointment. 

Harry  Grubbi 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Sunday  School  LessorJ 

Tor  January  8 

SONG  OF  THE  VINEYARD 

wesson  Text:  Isaiah  5:1-7 
Memory  Verse:  Jeremiah  2:21 

No  prophet  has  spoken  more  clearly  about 
he  grace  of  God  than  Isaiah.  We  had  an  example 
n  our  last  lesson:  "Though  your  sins  be  as 
icarlet,  they  shall  be  as  white  as  snow"  (1:18). 
[Tie  evildoers  would  not  cleanse  themselves 
nerely  by  shaping  up  and  cleaning  up  their  act. 
^eansing  would  come  through  God's  mercy, 
lowever,  even  this  could  be  rejected.  "If  ye  be 
villing  and  obedient* '  ( 1 : 19 )  —that  was  the  condi- 
ion. 

It  is  through  grace  that  the  transforming 
>ower  of  God  is  offered,  and  through  faith  salva- 
ion  is  wrought  (Ephesians  2:8).  This  is  true  for 
hose  who  accept  God's  gracious  offer.  The 
>eneficiary  is  not  the  innocent,  not  one  who  has 
nerited  salvation.  Rather,  it  is  the  undeserving, 
he  sinner,  to  whom  the  grace  of  God  is  extended. 
\nd  the  invitation  goes  out  to  all:  "Come  .  .  . 
vhosoever  will,  let  him  take  the  water  of  life 
reely"  (Revelation  22:17). 

But  this  act  of  grace,  this  salvation  freely 
jiven,  is  not  complete  unless  it  results  in  works 
>f  righteousness.  James  appropriately  asks, 
'What  doth  it  profit,  my  brethren,  though  a  man 
;ay  he  hath  faith,  and  have  not  works?  can  faith 
only]  save  him?  .  .  .  faith,  if  it  hath  not  works,  is 
lead,  being  alone"  (James  2: 14, 17).  Paul  makes 
lear  that  salvation  is  not  a  reward  for  work  done 
Ephesians  2:8,  9).  Yet  he  hastens  to  add,  "We 
ire  God's  handiwork,  created  in  Christ  Jesus  to 
levote  ourselves  to  the  good  deeds  for  which  God 
tas  designed  us"  (v.  10,  The  New  English  Bible). 

In  today's  text  Isaiah  uses  the  figure  of  a 
ineyard  to  describe  Judah's  relationship  to 
Jod.  Grapevines  are  not  merely  ornamental; 
hey  are  for  fruit-bearing.  As  we  shall  see,  God 
Doked  for  the  fruit  of  good  works  in  Judah  and 
/as  disappointed.  What  does  He  see  when  He 
Doks  at  us?  This  is  the  essence  of  today's  lesson 
rom  God's  Word. 

Isaiah  is  in  the  forefront  of  those  who 
ecognize  the  mercy  of  God.  At  the  same  time,  no 
ne  is  more  vehement  than  he  in  giving  warning 
f  what  will  happen  when  people  despise  that 
tiercy.  God  desires  to  bless,  but  those  who  spurn 
lis  grace,  mock  at  repentance,  and  persist  in 
heir  own  wickedness,  cannot  do  so  with  impuni- 
y.  The  wrath  of  God  against  evil  is  just  as  cer- 
ain  as  His  mercy  for  the  sinner  who  turns  to 
lim. 

Isaiah  was  acutely  aware  of  this  truth.  Con- 
equently,  although  in  our  text  he  begins  his 
lessage  with  the  beautiful  Song  of  the  Vineyard, 
e  must  end  it  with  a  terrible  pronouncement  of 
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judgment.  The  real  message,  therefore,  is  one  of 
doom.  It  is  a  theme  we  do  not  like  to  think  about 
but  since  it  is  a  very  real  possibility,  we  dare  not 
neglect  it. 

We  do  not  know  the  immediate  occasion 
when  this  message  was  given.  Perhaps  it  was 
during  the  time  of  the  Feast  of  Tabernacles,  or 
the  Feast  of  Ingathering,  as  it  was  also  called. 
This  was  a  time  of  rejoicing  (Deuteronomy 
16:14),  a  kind  of  harvest  festival.  Jerusalem 
would  be  filled  with  worshipers.  And  on  this  hap- 
py occasion  songs  and  folk  ballads  were 
popular.  It  is  altogether  possible  that  Isaiah 
recited  the  words  of  our  text  on  such  an  occasion, 
when  a  large  crowd  of  merrymakers  would  be 
assembled.  "I  want  to  sing  you  a  song,"  he  says, 
and  gets  their  rapt  attention.  The  reaction  would 
have  an  immediate  rejection  if  he  had  said,  "I 
have  a  message  of  doom"!  So  the  message 
begins  with  the  happy  strain  of  an  idyllic  poem, 
but  quickly  a  note  of  great  disappointment  is 
sounded  in  a  minor  key.  This,  in  turn,  is  followed 
by  a  recital  of  sad  consequences,  and  on  this  sor- 
rowful note  the  message  ends.  It  is,  therefore,  a 
love  song  with  a  sad  ending  —  Standard  Lesson 
Commentary 

Family  Devotions 

SUNDAY,  g 
JANUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Genesis  22-24 

LEAVE  IT  TO  GOD 
Does  the  path  seem  rough  and  steep? 

Leave  it  to  God. 
Do  you  sow,  but  fail  to  reap? 

Leave  it  to  God. 
Yield  to  Him  your  human  will, 
Listen  humbly  and  be  still, 
Love  divine  your  mind  can  fill, 

Leave  it  to  God 


//  in  doubt  just  what  to  do, 

Leave  it  to  God. 
He  will  make  it  plain  to  you, 

Leave  it  to  God. 
Serve  Him  faithfully  today, 
He  will  guide  you  all  the  way, 
Simply  trust  Him,  watch  and  pray, 

Leave  it  to  God. 


MONDAY,  q 
JANUARY  ^ 


Scripture  Reading -Genesis  25-27 

O  LORD,  IF  IT  IS  NOT  TOO  LATE 
Years  ago  a  unique  character  was  converted 
in  the  Water  Street  Mission  in  New  York.  It  was 
"the  Old  Colonel."  Through  drink  he  had  sunk 
very  low.  At  the  time  of  his  conversion  he  was 
(Turn  the  Page) 

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sixty  years  old.  He  looked  as  if  he  were  one  hun- 
dred. He  looked  more  like  an  animal  than  a 
human  being.  He  was  clothed  in  rags.  The  over- 
coat he  wore  was  fastened  with  a  nail.  He  was  a 
caricature  of  the  man  he  had  been— a  college 
graduate  and  a  brilliant  law  student  in  the  office 
of  E.  M.  Slanton,  Lincoln's  Secretary  of  War.  On 
the  night  of  his  conversion,  he  cried,  "O  Lord,  if 
it  is  not  too  late,  forgive  and  save  this  poor  old 
sinner! "  God  heard  the  cry  of  his  heart.  He  was 
gloriously  saved.  God  vouchsafed  His  promise  to 
him :  "And  I  will  restore  to  you  the  years  that  the 
locust  hath  eaten"  (Joel  2:25). 


From  a  path  as  dark  as  night, 
Into  glorious  gospel  Light — 
With  a  heart  made  pure  and  white, 
Into  Victory. 

TUESDAY,  10 
JANUARY 

Scripture  Beading— Genesis  28-30 

SIR,  I'M  THAT  MAN! 
A  young  minister  spoke  one  Sunday  night  in 
Whitefield's  Tabernacle.  "There  may  be 
someone  in  my  audience  who  is  drink-ridden, 
lust-sodden,  demon-posessed.  If  such  is  present, 
Christ  can  instantly  save  you!"  An  incident  oc- 
curred at  that  moment  which  electrified  the 
minister  and  the  large  audience.  A  man  rose  and 
said,  "Sir,  I  am  that  man!  I  am  drink-ridden, 
lust-sodden,  demon-possessed!  Is  there  any  hope 
for  me?  Can  your  Christ  save  me?"  The  minister 
answered,  "Yes,  He  can!  God's  promise  is  sure: 
'Look  unto  me,  and  be  ye  saved,  all  the  ends  of 
the  earth.'  "  That  humanly  hopeless  and  helpless 
man  came  to  Christ. 


"Old  things  .  .  .  passed  away; 
new!" 


all  things  .  .  .  [became J 


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WEDNESDAY, 
JANUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Genesis  31-33 

TRANSFORMED  BY  GRACE  DIVINE 
In  speaking  of  the  transforming  power  of 
God,  Dr.  Lawes,  who  labored  for  God  in  New 
Guinea,  said,  "I  have  heard  savages  pray.  They 
had  tattooed  marks  on  their  chests  which  in- 
dicated that  they  were  murderers.  I  have  heard 
them  pouring  out  their  prayers  to  God  as 
children  holding  converse  with  their  Father.  I 
knew  that  they  were  indwelt  by  the  Spirit  of  God, 
and  had  been  taught  by  the  Spirit.  The  outward 
marks  of  their  former  lives  of  depravity  and 
cruelty  still  remained,  but  I  knew  they  were  now 
new  creatures  in  Christ  Jesus,  'transformed  by 
grace  divine!'  " 


Trust  God's  wisdom  to  guide. 
Trust  His  goodness  to  provide; 
Trust  His  saving  love  and  power, 
Trust  Him  every  day  and  hour; 
Trust  Him  as  the  only  light, 
Trust  Him  in  the  darkest  night. 

THURSDAY, 
JANUARY 

Scripture  Reading -Genesis  34-36 

HITHERTO 
When  our  soul  is  much  discouraged 

By  the  roughness  of  the  way, 
And  the  cross  we  have  to  carry 

Seems  heavier  each  day, 
When  some  cloud  that  overshadows 

Hides  our  Father's  face  from  view, 
Oh,  'tis  well  then  to  remember, 

He  hath  blessed  us  hitherto. 


Surely  then  our  souls  should  trust  Him, 

Though  the  clouds  be  dark  o'erhead; 
We've  a  Friend  that  draweth  closer 

When  our  other  friends  have  fled. 
When  our  pilgrimage  is  over, 

And  the  gates  we're  sweeping  through, 
We  shall  see  with  clearer  vision 

How  He's  blest  us  hitherto. 


FRIDAY, 
JANUARY 


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Scripture  Reading— Genesis  37-39  , 
HELP  OF  THE  HELPLESS 
When  Dr.  P.  W.  Philpott  was  pastor  of  theti 
Moody  Church,  Chicago,  a  young  man  came  tojj 
his  office  and  told  him  what  had  happened  on  thai 
preceding  Sunday.  He  said,  "My  mother  and  If 
were  sitting  in  Lincoln  Park.  As  we  started  totj 
leave,  my  attention  was  caught  by  the  electricijj 
sign  bearing  the  words,   'Moody  Memorial;! 
Church.'  I  said  to  my  mother,  'I  would  like  to  gof 
to  that  church.'  As  we  entered  the  church,  aj 
large  congregation  was  singing.  You  preached  aji 
sermon  on  'Hope.'  As  I  sat  there,  you  had  no  ideal 
that  I  was  a  dope  addict,  bound  by  a  chain  I  could! 
not  break,  and  getting  more  discouraged  about 
myself  all  the  time.  Then,  suddenly,  you  reached 
a  point  in  your  sermon  where  you  said,  "Jesus 
Christ  can  put  hope  into  a  hopeless  heart.  With 
Him  there  are  no  hopeless  cases!'  Then  and 
there  I  opened  my  heart  to  Christ.  I  took  Him  by) 
faith  as  my  Saviour.  When  I  got  outside,  1 
stepped  over  to  a  drain  on  Clark  Street  and 
dropped  my  drugs  and  equipment  down  through 
the  iron  grating." 


From  a  life  of  sin  and  shame, 
Itito  joy  and  peace  1  came, 
Through  the  power  of  Jesus'  name, 
Into  Victory! 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


SATURDAY, 


14 


rANUARY 

cripture  Reading- Genesis  40-42 

SERMON  AVERTS 
SELF-DE  STRUCTION 

God  gives  to  His  servants, 
•om  time  to  time,  positive 
roof  that  His  Word  is  "quick 
nd  powerful."  The  following 
icident  illustrates  this.  A 
oung  lady  was  present  in  a 
unday-morning  service  when  I 
'as  pastor  in  Chicago.  Before 
le  service,  she  asked  for  Dr. 
hil  Marquart,  a  Christian 
sychiatrist,  who  was  a  deacon 
1  my  church.  He  was  away, 
peaking  in  another  church, 
he  young  lady,  obviously 
nder  great  stress,  expressed 
ome  disappointment,  but 
tayed  for  the  morning  service. 

prayed  that  God  would  give 
le  a  message  for  that  dis- 
'essed  soul.  I  spoke  of  the  heal- 
lg  power  of  the  great  Physi- 
ian,  Jesus.  I  emphasized  the 
ict  that  utter  trust  in  His  won- 
rous  care  is  the  unfailing 
smedy  for  taut,  overwrought 
erves  and  sin-sick  hearts.  At 
le  close  of  the  service,  I  had 
rayer  and  a  long  talk  with  her. 
he  returned  for  the  night  ser- 
ice.  At  the  close  of  the  service, 
tie  joyfully  said  to  me,  "I  came 
)  Chicago  today  from  St.  Louis 
rith  the  fixed  purpose  of  ending 
ly  wretched  life  in  Lake 
lichigan.  God,  in  mercy,  put 
our  two  messages  today 
cross  my  dark,  downward 
'ay!" 


The  future  of  the  building  in- 
cludes the  opening  of  the  Mount 
Olive  College  Sports  Club.  The 
College  hopes  to  open  up 
membership  in  the  summer  of 
1984.  Facilities  will  include  the 
weight  room,  handball/rac- 
quetball  courts,  tennis,  the  in- 
door running  track,  gymnastic 
room,  and  locker  room  facil- 
ities. 

Five  weeks  of  summer  sports 
camps  are  planned.  There  will 
be  two  weeks  of  boy's  basket- 
ball, both  day  and  boarding 
camps,  a  co-ed  all  sports  camp, 
a  girl's  basketball  camp  and  a 
boy's  baseball  camp.  "There 
will  be  a  tremendous  amount  of 
activity  over  here  during  the 
summer  months,"  promised 
Bob  McEvoy,  the  athletic  direc- 
tor. 

College  Hall  is  large  enough 
for  commencements,  convoca- 
tions and  special  occasions 
which  bring  together  the  stu- 
dent body,  parents,  trustees 
and  interested  friends  of  the 
College. 

"The  potential  positive  im- 
pact to  the  church  and  the 
Mount  Olive  area  is  beyond 
the  awareness  of  most  people. 


What  we  have  here  is  a  facility 
that  will  probably  outlive  any  of 
the  people  who  had  a  part  in 
making  it  possible,"  com- 
mented Dr.  Raper.  "That  is 
okay  because  College  Hall  will 
continue  to  serve  future 
generations  as  a  universal 
building.  Academics,  athletics, 
student  life,  religious  life,  civic, 
recreation,  community  and 
church  relations  will  all  come 
together  in  it." 

CRAGMONT  ASSEMBLY 

(Continued  from  Page  8) 


Disbursements 

Salaries 

$  3,771.13 

Utilities 

566.03 

Food 

1,897.43 

Sundry  Supplies 

170.61 

Office 

531.46 

Store 

113.56 

Taxes 

758.56 

Insurance 

148.20 

Maintenance  and  Repair 

722.63 

Gas  Account 

184.70 

Mileage  and  Travel 

690.90 

Miscellaneous 

10,370.32 

Total 

$19,925.53 

Miscellaneous  Disbursements 

Transfer  of  Funds 

$10,000.00 

Transportation  Group 

175.00 

Repay  Petty  Cash 

80.32 

Property  Appraisal 

115.00 

Total 

$10,370.32 

SINGERS  TO  PARTICIPATE 


Yielding  to  disdain  can  destroy  us, 
isdaining  to  yield  can  delight  us. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  11- 
strations.  Walter  B.  Knight. 

FEATURE 

(Continued  from  Page  4) 

jooperation  between  every- 
me— like  a  family."  Yates 
idded,  "I'm  interested  in  a 
;hild  getting  a  good  education. 
Since  I've  .been  working  here 
i've  been  real  impressed  with 
he  College  and  what  they're 
ioing." 

rHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


As  part  of  the  Grand  Opening,  two  music  groups  from  the  Col- 
lege will  perform.  The  Mount  Olive  Concert  Choir,  under  the  direc- 
tion of  Carolyn  Knox,  will  sing  "All  Good  gifts,"  "Ave  Verum  Cor- 
pus" and  "The  Old  One  Hundredth  Psalm  Tune." 

The  Mount  Olive  College  Singers,  under  the  direction  of  Irene 
S.  Patten,  will  sing  "God  Bless  America,"  "This  Is  a  Great  Coun- 
try," "This  Is  My  Country,"  "I  Like  Calling  North  Carolina 
Home." 

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At  least  fifteen  NEW  titles  from  Singspira 
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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   7 

Mount  Olive  College   8 

Foreign  Missions  10 

Children's  Home  11 

Family  Devotions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  14 

The  Church  Looks  at  Divorce   5 


Volume  99  Number  2 

January  11.  1984 
Janle  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 


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Editorial 


Rose  Petals  or  Thorns? 

His  had  been  a  ministry  of  solid,  steady  and  loving  ser- 
vice; and  he  was  truly  one  "sent  by  God."  He  grew  with  the 
challenges  of  each  church's  needs,  and  as  he  led  his  people  in 
spiritual  growth,  he  himself  became  a  spiritual  giant. 

He  was  not  one  to  make  loud  noises.  His  calm  manner 
belied  a  disarming  personality  and  a  depth  of  maturity— a  j| 
depth  which  was  discovered  anew  each  time  there  was  an  op-  jl 
portunity  to  be  with  him.  This  servant  gave  all  he  had  to  his  J 
family,  his  church,  and  his  Lord.  And  all  who  knew  him  knew 
this  was  not  an  empty  eulogy— merely  fact. 

However,  he,  too,  suffered  his  share  of  pain  and  heart-  || 
ache.   Some   disturbing  things  happened  at  one  of  his  i 
pastorates.  Instead  of  going  to  him  at  the  outset,  church  ; 
members  only  stood  by  and  watched.  They  could  have  helped 
to  eliminate  the  problem— but  they  didn't.  The  resulting  heart-  i 
aches— and  unnecessary  problems— hurt  this  minister  tre- 
mendously, but  he  refused  to  let  his  pain  stand  in  the  way  of  a  I 
continuing,    Spirit-motivated   ministry.    Those   who   had  I 
wronged  this  pastor  made  no  attempt  to  seek  reconciliation  i 
and  forgiveness.  No  matter,  he  continued  to  serve  them  with  jl 
love. 

This  experience  did  take  its  toll.  His  wife  saw  a  noticeable 
change  in  him,  a  change  that  accompanied  him  to  a  new  J 
pastorate  he  accepted  several  years  later.  And  this  trauma  he  I 
had  suffered  was  said  to  have  attributed  to  his  early  demise.  ji 

(Yes,  those  who  had  troubled  this  minister  attended  his  j 
funeral.  They  also  sent  roses  to  the  service— but  those  roses  J| 
were  about  five  years  too  late.  How  that  man  had  waited  for 
"roses"  of  a  renewed  friendship,  a  revitalized  love,  a 
thoughtful  act,  "roses"  of  life  that  would  bring  happiness  and 
joy.  Not  roses  that  were  cut,  like  a  severed  relationship,  left  (i 
merely  to  wither  and  die  on  a  casket. )  j 

Recent  surveys  have  revealed  an  unusually  high  degree  of  j 
restlessness  within  the  clergy.  The  average  length  of  time  a  j 
minister  spends  in  a  given  pastorate  is  between  three  and  five  | 
years.  Studies  indicate  that  short-term  pastorates  such  as 
these  are  not  effective.  It  takes  at  least  that  long  to  get  to  know 
the  members  of  a  congregation  and  the  community.  j 

Some  feel  the  reason  for  short  pastorates  to  be  a  gap  be-  t 
tween  laity  and  clergy— a  gap  due,  in  large  measure,  to  a  lack  j 
of  concern,  courtesy,  and  etiquette  on  the  part  of  lay  people.  I 
can't  say  whether  these  reasons  "hold  water."  I  am  con-  j 
cerned,  though,  when  I  realize  that  25%  of  all  ordained 
ministers  move  annually— that  is  well  over  100  ministers  a 
day.  Some  religious  leaders  feel  these  figures  are  too  low; 
they  say  one-third  would  be  a  more  accurate  figure— that's  \ 
nearly  200  ministers  moving  every  day  of  every  year! 

As  we  continue  to  look  at  the  relationship  between  the 
minister  and  layman,  it  is  hoped  that  we  will  all  be  drawn 
closer  together  in  our  shared  pilgrimage.  And  some  day  we 
may  all  be  presented  a  bit  more  "faultless  before  the  presence 
of  His  glory  with  exceeding  joy. ' ' 


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6  STEPS  TO  EFFECTIVE 
DISCIPLE  MAKING 


Part  One 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  5199, 
Jackson,  Mississippi  39216. ) 


Some  of  the  most  receptive  people  in  your 
immunity  are  the  people  in  each  church 
ember's  "Extended  Family."  These  are  the 
iends,  relatives,  and  associates  of  church 
embers  who  are  presently  outside  of  Christ 
id  a  church.  Helping  laity  identify  and  reach 
ese  "Extended  Family"  members  is  the  key 
unlocking  new  growth  potential  in  your 
lurch. 

One  of  the  most  important  steps  in 
aching  friends  and  relatives  in  your  "Ex- 
nded  Family"  will  be  developing  an  ap- 
opriate  and  effective  strategy  for  introducing 
ose  people  to  Christ  and  his  Body.  Here  are 
me  key  insights  that  will  help  you  develop  an 
Eective  plan  to  communicate  God's  love  to 
ch  person  in  your  Extended  Family. 

1.  Caring.  Your  most  important  role  as  a 
tness  to  the  people  in  your  Extended  Family 
personifying  Christ's  love.  Here  is  a  major 
inciple  in  effective  disciple-making:  "God's 
ve  is  best  seen  and  experienced  by  others 
rough  your  love." 

Look  at  the  burden-lifting  implications  of 
is  concept!  The  traditional  requirements  of  a 
;ood  witness"  (verbal  fluency  .  .  .  extrover- 
'e  personality  .  .  .  tenacity  .  .  . )  become  less 
lportant  in  an  effective  witness  than  simply 
ing  an  open  channel  through  which  God's 
ve  can  be  expressed  and  experienced  by 
ose  in  your  Extended  Family.  Think  of  it  .  .  . 
u  become  the  channel  for  God's  love!  Ex- 
:ing?  Yes!  Possible?  Absolutely! 

God's  great  love  for  these  potential 
>ciples,  and  His  desire  to  express  that  love,  is 
an  throughout  Scripture.  As  He  first  loved  us, 
i  express  our  love  for  Him  through  loving 
tiers. 

"For  I  was  hungry  and  you  fed  me;  I  was 
irsty  and  you  gave  me  water;  I  was  a 
"anger  and  you  invited  me  into  your  home ; 
.ked  and  you  clothed  me;  sick  and  in  prison, 
d  you  visited  me.  Then  these  righteous  ones 
11  reply,  'Sir,  when  did  we  ever  see  you 
ngry  and  feed  you?  Or  thirsty  and  give  you 
ything  to  drink?  Or  a  stranger,  and  help 
u?  Or  naked,  and  clothe  you?  When  did  we 
er  see  you  sick  or  in  prison  and  visit  you?' 
id  I,  the  King,  will  tell  them,  'When  you 
d  it  to  these  my  brothers,  you  were  doing  it  to 
e.'  " 


Scripture  graphically  illustrates  what  love 
for  Christ  entails.  It  is  a  basic,  down-to-earth 
involvement  with  people  in  need.  The  response 
is  to  be  personal  .  .  .  the  response  is  to  be  car- 
ing. The  people  in  your  Extended  Family  may 
not  require  clothing,  food,  or  water.  But  they 
do  have  real  needs.  Responding  to  the  void  of 
loneliness,  frustration,  or  despair  demands  a 
personal  investment  of  genuine  caring. 

David  Augsburger,  in  his  book  Caring 
Enough  to  Confront,  observes  that  caring  peo- 
ple "...  dare  to  be  present  with  people  .  .  .  and 
to  stand  with  people  where  they  are  hurting. 
Caring  people  look  for  the  opportunity  of  af- 
firming, or  encouraging,  or  helping  release 
others  to  become  all  they  can  be  in  Christ." 

Unconditional  caring  is  a  reflection  of 
God's  unswerving  and  unrelenting  love.  If  a 
friend  were  to  say,  "I  don't  want  anything  to  do 
with  your  religion,"  should  your  caring  be  any 
less  than  before?  Do  you  think  God's  love  is 
any  less  for  those  who  reject  Him?  If  anything, 
God's  concern  is  even  greater.  How  many  peo- 
ple have  once  rejected  His  love  and  then  later, 
perhaps  in  a  time  of  need,  responded  and  are 
now  active  reproducing  Christians?  Caring 
must  be  genuine  and  unconditional,  and  not  de- 
pend on  how  the  person  responds  to  spiritual 
overtures. 

"Unfortunately,"  observes  Paul  Little  in 
his  book  How  to  Give  Away  Your  Faith,  "many 
non-Christians  today  are  suspicious  of  all  Chris- 
tians because  of  a  previous  contact  with  a 
'friendly'  religious  person  who  had  ulterior 
motives.  Some  non-Christians  refuse  to  listen  to 
a  single  word  about  our  Lord  until  they're  sure 
we'll  be  their  friends,  even  if  they  reject  Jesus 
Christ.  We  must  love  each  person  for  himself." 
Christ  wants  His  lost  children  found.  We  should 
not  take  it  upon  ourselves  to  close  the  door  on 
the  relationship  that  God  has  ( through  us )  with 
these  Extended  Family  members.  Caring  must 
be  genuine,  long-term,  and  unconditional. 

2.  Strengthening  relationship.  Your 
disciple-making  effectiveness  is  enhanced 
where  strong  relationships  exist  with  members 
of  your  Extended  Family.  The  Apostle  John 
writes,  "Dear  friends,  let  us  practice  loving 
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each  other,  for  love  comes  from  God  and  those 
who  are  loving  and  kind  show  that  they  are  the 
children  of  God." 

What  person  does  not  enjoy  the  companion- 
ship of  a  loving,  caring  friend!  A  strong  and 
growing  relationship  between  you  and  your  Ex- 
tended Family  member  contributes  im- 
measurably to  allowing  the  Holy  Spirit  to  speak 
to  that  person. 

In  The  Friendship  Factor,  McGinnis  says, 
"It  is  no  accident  that  so  many  important  en- 
counters occurred  between  Jesus  and  His 
friends  when  they  were  at  the  table.  There  is 
something  almost  sacramental  about  breaking 
bread  with  one  another. ' '  Invite  your  friend  to 
attend  a  special  event  that  you  both  will  enjoy. 
Drop  by  his/her  home  with  something  from 
your  garden,  workshop,  or  flowerbed.  Perhaps 
you  could  make  it  a  point  to  have  lunch  once  a 
week  with  a  person  in  your  Extended  Family, 
or  seek  him/her  out  for  a  coffee  break  conver- 
sation. Do  you  know  of  any  special  needs  your 
friend  has  mentioned  which  could  be  a  point  of 
relationship  building,  such  as  helping  lay  a 
brick  walk,  hanging  drapes,  or  painting  the 
house?  Strong  friendships  come  with  shared  ex- 
perience. Working  shoulder  to  shoulder 
strengthens  a  relationship  even  when  few 
words  are  spoken. 

As  your  relationship  grows,  expect  your 
Extended  Family  member  to  also  respond  to 
your  needs  and  reciprocate  in  caring  ini- 
tiatives. Friendship  is  not  a  one-way  affair.  The 
close  relationship  will  be  as  meaningful  to  you 
as  to  your  Extended  Family  member.  The  joy 
and  fulfillment  which  comes  from  being  with 

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friends  and  giving  of  yourself  is  one  of  the  emo- 
tional highlights  of  life.  Enjoy  it! 

A  helpful  research  study  shows  the  impor- 
tance of  friendship  in  the  process  of  becoming  I 
a  new  disciple.  The  study,  reported  in 
CHURCH  GROWTH:  AMERICA,  identified  240 
new  Christians  presently  active  and  involved  in 
their  churches.  In  addition,  a  second  group  of 
240  people  were  identified  who  could  be 
classified  as  "drop-outs"  (they  had  made  a  re- 
cent decision  but  had  since  lapsed  into  inactivi- 
ty).  A  third  group  of  240  people  were  identified 
who  had  been  presented  with  the  gospel 
message  but  had  chosen  not  to  make  a  positive 
decision.  In  individual  interviews  with  these  720 
people,  each  was  asked  to  classify  the  person 
who  had  presented  the  gospel  into  one  of  three 
categories:  "Friend,"  "Salesman,"  or 
"Teacher."  The  results  provided  some  startling 
conclusions :  The  people  who  saw  the  church 
members  as  "friend"  were  almost  all  now 
Christians  and  active  in  their  churches  (94% ) . 
On  the  other  hand,  those  people  who  saw  the 
church  member  as  a  "salesman"  often  made 
an  initial  decision,  but  soon  dropped  out  in 
large  numbers  (71%  later  dropped  out).  Final- 
ly, those  who  saw  the  church  member  as  a 
"teacher"  generally  tended  to  not  respond  at 
all  (84%  said  "no  thanks").  The  implications 
are  clear.  The  non-Christian  person  who 
perceives  your  relationship  as  one  of  a 
"friend"  is  far  more  likely  to  eventually  re- 
spond to  Christ's  love  than  the  person  who  sees 
you  either  as  a  "teacher"  instructing  on  doc- 
trine, sin,  and  morality;  or  as  a  "salesman" 
manipulating  toward  an  eventual  decision. 

Your  greatest  resource  in  developing  a 
meaningful  and  caring  friendship  is  in  simply 
being  yourself —natural  and  unmasked.  The 
phrase  "I'm  not  perfect,  just  forgiven"  reflects' 
a  healthy  attitude  in  recognizing  the  shortcom-  I 
ings  each  person  has.  The  unique  benefit  of  the 
Christian  life  is  in  the  strength  and  support 
from  a  source  greater  than  ourselves.  When 
your  Extended  Family  member  understands 
this  simple  truth,  it  may  change  his/her  entire 
attitude  toward  faith  and  life  in  Christ. 

3.  Involving  other  members  of  the  body.  A 
third  important  consideration  in  your  plan  to 
successfully  communicate  God's  love  to  your 
Extended  Family  members,  is  to  use  the 
unique  resource  of  your  church.  In  effective 
disciple-making  the  local  church  is  a  central 
part  of  the  process. 

One  important  resource  for  disciple-making! 
found  in  your  church  is  other  church  members, 
particularly  your  close  friends.  Encouraging 
and  building  personal  relationships  between 
your  Extended  Family  members  and  other 
Christian  friends  in  your  church  is  a  highly  ef- 
fective way  of  introducing  your  non-Christian 

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friends  to  the  variety  of  ways  Christ  works  in 
the  lives  of  people.  No  person,  other  than 
Jesus,  has  ever  been  a  perfect  example  of  the 
Christian  life.  If  you  are  the  only  Christian 
your  Extended  Family  member  knows,  then 
his/her  perception  of  the  incarnation  of  Christ 
in  a  person's  life  is  limited  to  what  that  person 
sees  in  you. 

What  a  unique  new  perspective  to  sharing 
God's  love  .  .  .  introducing  Christ  to  your  Ex- 
tended Family  member  through  the  people  in 
your  church.  And  how  much  more  accurate  an 
introduction  when  Christ  is  seen  in  a  number  of 
people's  lives,  than  when  their  understanding  is 
limited  to  one  simple  explanation  from  one 
single  source. 

This  "cross-pollination"  between  your  Ex- 
tended Family  members  and  various  Chris- 
tians in  your  church  adds  a  dynamic  dimension 
to  the  disciple-making  process.  On  one  hand,  it 
provides  you,  as  a  disciple-maker,  with  support 
from  other  members.  In  turn,  you  become  part 
of  other  church  members'  disciple-making  ac- 
tivities as  you  build  relationships  with  their  Ex- 
tended Family  members.  The  process  adds  to 
the  effectiveness  of  disciple-making,  to  the 
common  concern  of  church  members  for  other 
non-Christians,  and  to  the  accountability  of 
church  members  concerning  the  people  in  their 
Extended  Family.  The  process  of  com- 
municating God's  love  through  the  lives  of 
other  Christians  takes  a  significant  burden  of 
responsibility  off  the  back  of  just  one  person. 
Christians  can  look  to  the  Body  and  its 
members  for  support  in  making  disciples. 

How  do  you  help  such  relationships  flourish 
between  your  Extended  Family  members  and 
others  in  the  congregation?  Informal  social 
gatherings  at  your  home,  or  group  outings  to 
special  events  can  include  both  Christian  and 
non-Christian  friends.  The  church  may  sponsor 
a  series  of  special  events  or  workshops  of  in- 
terest to  non-Christians.  The  purpose  of  the 
events  would  be  to  provide  an  opportunity  for 
building  relationships  between  Extended  Fami- 
ly members  and  other  church  members. 

You  could  use  present  church  programs, 
classes,  and  activities  to  introduce  your  Ex- 
tended Family  to  others  in  the  church.  A 
special  Sunday  school  elective  class  might  be 
of  interest  to  your  friend,  or  a  worship  service 
where  a  particular  message  would  be  relevant. 
Church-sponsored  social  events  are  excellent 
opportunities  to  bring  a  non-Christian  friend 
and  introduce  him/her  to  friends  in  the  church. 
Another  approach  could  be  to  enlist  your  Ex- 
tended Family  members  in  an  on-going  group, 
perhaps  a  home  Bible  study  or  a  weekly  lunch 
meeting  with  some  friends  from  the  church. 


THE  CHURCH 
LOOKS  AT  DIVORCE 

Part  One 
by  De  Wayne  Eakes 

I.  The  Biblical  Perspective  on  Divorce: 

(Mark  10:2-12;  Matthew  19:1-12;  Deuter- 
onomy 24 : 1-4 ;  1  Corinthians  7 : 10-16 ;  Luke  16 : 18 ; 
Matthew  5:31,  32;  Matthew  22:37-40) 

It  is  only  in  fairy  tales  that  people  marry  and 
live  happily  ever  afterward.  So  far  as  we  have 
been  able  to  discover  every  human  society  has 
tried  to  regulate  marriage  with  the  expectation 
that  marriage  is  a  permanent  arrangement. 
Every  society  however,  has  also  made  provi- 
sions for  the  dissolution  of  unions  that  fail.  (An 
Open  Book  to  the  Christian  Divorce,  Roger 
Crook,  p.  51). 

When  Jesus  was  asked  about  divorce,  He 
answered  in  terms  of  the  biblical  ideal  of  the  per- 
manence of  marriage  (Matthew  19:4-6;  Genesis 
2:24;  Ephesians  5:31).  Matthew,  written  after 
Mark,  reflects  a  recognition  by  the  early  Chris- 
tians that  the  ideal  is  often  hard  to  attain.  His 
answer  was  a  positive  statement.  The  biblical 
ideal  is  clearly  stated:  Marriage  is  intended  by 
God  to  be  a  permanent  union  of  one  man  and  one 
woman.  Life  in  accordance  with  that  ideal  is  the 
most  meaningful  and  most  satisfying  way  of  life 
for  most  people.  (This  is  not  to  imply  all  should 
marry.)  But  we  do  have  a  problem:  Moses  ac- 
cording to  Jesus,  made  an  exception:  "for  your 
hardness  of  heart."  This  "hardness  of  heart" 
was  not  limited  to  the  ancient  Hebrews  and  the 
early  Christians.  Being  successful  in  attaining 
the  ideal  seems  far  more  difficult  in  our  society 
than  it  was  in  biblical  days. 

Nelson  Blake  in  The  Road  to  Reno  (p.  1)  lists 
eight  possible  interpretations  of  Jesus'  recorded 
teachings  on  divorce  and  remarriage  ( Christian 
Century,  Robert  Sink,  Broad  State  United 
Methodist  Church,  Columbus,  Ohio.  "A  Theology 
of  Divorce,"  April  20,  1977,  p.  377). 

1.  Christ  taught  the  indissolubility  of  marriage  and 
forbade  all  divorce. 

2.  He  allowed  divorce,  but  only  to  the  husband,  and 
only  one  cause,  adultery. 

3.  He  allowed  divorce  for  adultery  to  both  husband 
and  wife. 

4.  Neither  party  to  a  divorce  may  marry  again 
while  his/her  former  mate  is  still  alive.  To  do  so  is 
adultery. 

5.  The  innocent  party  may  remarry,  but  not  the 
guilty. 


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6.  Both  parties  may  remarry,  after  sincere  repen- 
tance. 

7.  Adultery  means  only  one  thing,  the  sexual  inter- 
course of  a  married  person  with  someone  else  other 
than  husband  or  wife. 

8.  Adultery  is  a  symbolic  word,  standing  for  any 
sin  that  violates  the  marriage  contract. 

Of  course  you  cannot  believe  all  of  these  but 
these  eight  statements  summarize  the  most 
widely  held  views  about  Jesus'  teachings  on 
divorce  and  remarriage. 

Jesus'  words  need  to  be  set  in  the  context  of 
His  day.  The  Deuteronomy  24  passage,  written 
from  the  bias  of  a  patriarchal  society,  sanctions 
divorce.  The  question  of  grounds  for  divorce  is 
that  the  wife  possess  "some  uncleanness"  or  that 
"she  finds  no  favor  in  his  eyes."  Divorce  was 
readily  available  to  men  and  was  abused.  The 
woman's  position  was  very  vulnerable;  she  had 
no  real  rights.  A  woman  could  lose  her  status  and 
security  simply  because  she  displeased  her  hus- 
band. Jesus'  reaction  to  divorce  came  from  dif- 
ferent points : 

1.  He  supported  and  encouraged  the  ideal  of  the 
permanance  of  the  marriage  of  one  man  and  woman 
for  life. 

2.  He  was  defending  women  against  the  ravages  of 
dehumanizing  treatment  they  were  often  subjected  to. 

3.  He  was  reacting  to  the  abuse  of  divorce  as  much 
as  to  divorce  itself  (John  4:7-39;  8:1-11). 

There  is  a  danger  in  being  a  biblicist  here, 
"The  biblicist  is  defending  a  literalistic,  word- 
for-word  doctrine  of  the  Bible  rather  than  to  be 
trying  to  discover  the  Spirit  of  Jesus." 
(Psychotherapy  and  Pastoral  Counseling, 
Wayne  Oates). 

II.  How  the  Church  Views  Divorce  Historically 
and  Currently: 

In  all  major  churches,  divorce  is  viewed  as 
falling  short  of  the  Christian  ideal.  Churches  em- 
phasize the  permanence  of  marriage,  the 
lifetime  union  of  one  man  and  one  woman. 

The  Roman  Catholic  Church  considers  mar- 
riage a  sacrament  just  as  much  so  as  Baptism, 
The  Lord's  Supper,  or  The  Washing  of  the  Saint's 
Feet.  The  true  union  of  man  and  woman  is  not 
created  by  the  couple  or  the  priest,  but  by  God. 
The  Catholic  Canon  Law  #118  says:  "Marriage 
which  is  valid  and  consummated  cannot  be 
dissolved  by  any  human  power,  nor  by  any 
course  save  death."  The  Roman  Catholic  Church 
does  permit  permanent  separation  on  the 
grounds  of  adultery  (Canon  Law  #1129)  and  tem- 
porary separation  for  other  reasons  (Canon  Law 
#1131).  It  does  not  call  these  separations  divorce. 
The  Roman  Catholic  Church  does  practice  annul- 
ment of  marriages.  Annulments  are  granted 
when  the  marriage  is  not  "valid."  "Valid"  mar- 

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riages  are  spelled  out  in  Canons  1067-1080.  Th«, 
conditions  for  the  annulment  of  a  marriage  in/I 
elude  being  underage,  impotent  or  frigid,  having 
some  spiritual  relationship,  or  legal  relationship7 
that  would  be  reason  for  annulling,  etc.  Annul 
ment  declares  a  marriage  null  and  void. 

The  Canon  Law  of  the  Episcopal  Church,  tht 
Discipline  of  the  Methodist  Church,  the  Book  oi 
Church  Order  of  both  major  branches  of  tht 
Presbyterian  Church  historically  permittee 
remarriage  of  a  divorced  person  only  if  they  arc 
the  "innocent  party"  in  a  divorce  on  grounds  oil 
adultery.  Most  Baptists,  Disciples,  Free  Will 
Baptists,  etc.  accepted  this  view. 

Following  or  about  the  era  of  World  War  II I 
these  above  named  churches  revised  their  views t 
on  divorce  and  remarriage,  and  most  Pro  I 
testants  changed  in  the  same  way.  The  current 
view  of  most  Protestants  can  be  summarized  asi 
follows:  "While  divorce  is  discouraged,  and 
while  it  is  to  be  regretted  wherever  it  seems  i 
necessary,  the  divorced  person's  relationship  tc 
the  church  is  not  jeopardized"  (p.  59,  Roger 
Crook). 

"Wherever  marriage  seems  to  crush  what  is 
genuinely  human,  then  it  must  yield  to  the  highei 
principle  of  the  Great  Commandment  (see  Matj 
thew  22:37-40)."  ("A  Theology  of  Divorce, '\ 
Robert  Sinks,  Christian  Century,  April  20,  1973 
p.  376). 

Many  churches  are  somewhat  two-faced  oi 
confused  in  how  they  view  divorced  persons 
Many  pastors  will  refuse  to  marry  divorced  perJ 
sons  and  will  not  allow  them  to  hold  church  ofi 
fices  (especially  the  office  of  Deacon,  1  Timothjli 
3:2  and  3:12;  and  sometimes  Sunday  school 
teacher).  However,  they  will  receive  them  asf 
church  members,  accept  their  tithes  and  allovsj 
them  to  serve  in  other  ways.  Are  these  churches! 
therein  saying  that  divorce  is  an  unforgiveablej: 
sin  or  that  even  adultery  is  unpardonable?  This! 
does  not  square  with  the  Bible  or  Jesus'  personaji 
teachings! 

The  person  who  falls  short  of  the  ideal  in  one  aspect 
does  not  thereby  demonstrate  that  he  is  regarded 
forever  thereafter  as  morally  corrupt.  He  should  not, 
for  one  failure,  have  closed  to  him  all  avenues  of  ser- 
vice to  Christ  and  His  church.  At  any  rate,  it  hardly 
seems  more  appropriate  to  prohibit  a  divorced  person 
from  holding  such  offices  than  to  prohibit  someone  who 
falls  short  on  any  of  the  other  characteristics.  The  dif- 
ference between  a  divorced  Christian  and  one  who  is 
not  divorced  is  not  that  one  is  a  sinner  and  the  other  is 
not.  It  is  rather  that  their  failures  are  of  a  different 
sort.  All  Christians  should  be  guided  by  the  ideals  of 
Christian  character,  and  one  who  genuinely 
regrets/repents  of  his  failures/sins  should  not  be  ex- 
cluded from  using  his  abilities  in  the  service  of  Christ 
(p.  60,  Roger  Crook). 

(Continued  next  week) 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


News  81  Notes 


ftie  Rev.  R.  P.  Harris 
lonored 


The  Rev.  R.  P.  Harris 


November  20,  1983,  was  a 
special  day  for  the  Rev.  R.  P. 
Harris  of  Rocky  Mount.  During 
the  Thanksgiving  Family  night 
program  a  special  plaque 
honoring  Mr.  Harris  was 
presented  to  him.  On 
November  20,  1933,  he  was  or- 
dained into  the  gospel  ministry 
at  Dawson's  Grove  Church.  For 
50  years  he  has  faithfully 
served  God  and  man.  Over  27 
churches  have  been  served  by 
this  pastor.  It  was  in  the  early 
1950s  that  he  came  to  Rocky 
Mount.  As  Pastor  Mark  Hobbs 
presented  Mr.  Harris  with  the 
plaque  the  congregation  gave  a 
standing  ovation  to  a  friend  and 
brother  in  Christ.  The  people  of 
the  First  Original  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church  of  Rocky  Mount 
are  thankful  that  God  allowed 
R.  P.  and  his  wife,  Lucy,  the  op- 
portunity to  serve  and  live  in 
the  community. 

Barnes  Hill  Church 
Has  Anniversary 

The  congregation  of  Barnes 
Hill  Church,  Route  3,  Nashville, 
celebrated  its  100th  anniver- 
sary on  Sunday,  December  18. 
The  church  was  built  in  1883. 
Sunday  school  was  held  at  9 : 45 
a.m.   Worship  services  were 


held  at  11  a.m.,  with  the 
message  being  delivered  by  the 
present  pastor,  the  Rev.  Robert 
Langley.  Cleo  Barnes  Worrell 
read  the  history  of  the  church. 
She  is  the  granddaughter  of 
Jim  and  Bettie  Barnes  for 
whom  the  church  was  named. 
There  were  many  in  attendance 
who  wore  old  fashioned  styles 
for  the  anniversary. 

Heavenbound  to  Sing 

Edge  wood  Church  of  Route  1, 
Macclesfield,  will  be  featuring 
the  "Heavenbound"  on 
January  19,  at  7:30  p.m.  The 
pastor  is  the  Rev.  Robert 
Strickland.  The  public  is  in- 
vited to  attend  this  service. 


NOTICE 

The  Third  Union  Meeting  of 
the  Eastern  Conference  will 
convene  at  Verona  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church,  Saturday 
morning,  at  10,  on  January  28, 
1984. 

The  Rev.  Orvin  Everette,  Moderator 
Justin  Kornegay,  Clerk 


NOTE  OF  THANKS 

To  my  many  friends, 
churches,  auxiliaries  and  Sun- 
day school  classes,  thank  you 
for  the  many  gifts  and  checks 
from  North  Carolina  and 
Georgia.  Your  thoughtfulness 
and  kindness  to  me  will  always 
be  remembered.  The  many 
cards  were  beautiful  and  the 
letters  were  so  interesting.  I 
wish  I  could  see  each  of  you. 
You,  my  friends,  are  beautiful. 
May  God's  blessings  be  with 
each  of  you  and  your  churches. 

Please  remember  me  in  your 
prayers.  May  each  of  you  have 
a  most  wonderful  year  for  1984 
and  the  blessings  of  our 
wonderful  Saviour  be  with  us 
all. 

Mrs.  E.  C.  Morris 


January  is 
Retirement  Homes 
Month.  Remember 
this  important 
ministry  with 
your  prayerful 
and  financial  support. 


THE  BOOK  CORNER 

by  Frank  Ray  Harrison 


Farmer,  H.  H.,  The  Servant  of  the  Word.  Fortress  Press, 
Philadelphia  (4th  printing  1977)  from  the  "Preacher's  Paperback 
Library"  series. 

In  the  Introduction  to  the  book  Edmund  A.  Steinle,  consulting 
editor  to  the  series,  has  this  to  say  about  this  volume: 

"H.  H.  Farmer's  The  Servant  of  the  Word  is  one  of  the  land- 
marks in  the  theology  which  undergirds  the  preacher's  task.  Few 
books  have  answered  the  question,  'Why  Preach?'  so  clearly  and 
compellingly.  Moreover,  the  methodological  details  in  sermon 
craft  are  shown  to  be  in  precise  and  organic  relation  to  Farmer's 
theological  understanding  of  the  nature  of  preaching.  This  reprint 
makes  available  the  most  rewarding  book  for  the  student  of 
preaching  I  know"  (p.  VI). 

This  book  was  originally  written  in  1942,  in  the  midst  of  World 
War  II.  Much  of  its  language  is  colored  by  its  historical  origin. 
However  the  content  or  thrust  of  its  109  pages  are  relevant  to 
responsible  preaching  in  every  age.  Its  fourth  printing  in  the  paper- 
back format  was  1977.  This  book  is  readable  and  pertinent  to  the 
fulfilling  of  the  minister's  call  to  preach.  I  recommend  it  for  your 
use. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


7 


Mount  Olive  College  ■■■■■■■■ 

PLANTS  ARRIVE  AT  COLLEGE  HALL 


A  very  cold,  windy  day  found  several  members  of  the  Campus  Beautification 
Committee  hard  at  work  around  College  Hall.  One  of  the  first  truckloads  of  plants 
arrived  on  December  21.  Committee  chairman  Lorelle  Martin  shows  Gary  Barefoot 
how  to  dig  a  proper  hole  while  Dr.  Raper  looks  on.  Edna  Scarborough  of  Mount  Olive 
and  W.  P.  Kemp  Sr.  of  Goldsboro  offer  their  moral  support. 

TAYLOR  HILL  PORTRAIT  PRESENTED 
TO  MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 


The  first  anniversary  of  the  death  of  Taylor  Hill  (February  24, 
1927— December  4,  1982)  was  remembered  with  the  presentation  of 
a  portrait  to  the  Free  Will  Baptist  Historical  Collection  and  the 
establishing  of  The  Taylor  Hill  Scholarship  Endowment  at  Mount 
Olive  College.  Present  for  the  presentation  were  (left  to  right)  the 
Rev.  Charles  Crisp,  executive  director  of  the  Free  Will  Baptist 
Home  Missions  Board;  the  Rev.  Ray  Wells,  chairman  of  the 
Board;  Mrs.  Hill;  and  two  of  the  Hill  children:  Kenny  Hill  of 
Raleigh  and  Taylor  La  Nelle  Hill  of  Fayetteville,  North  Carolina. 
Another  daughter,  Mrs.  Janice  Hill  Basden  of  San  Antonio,  Texas, 
could  not  be  present. 

The  portrait  was  painted  by  Melanie  Kennedy  (Douglas) 
Seymour,  an  alumnae  of  Mount  Olive  College  and  daughter  of  the 
Rev.  and  Mrs.  Dean  Kennedy  of  Pink  Hill. 


THE  TAYLOR  HILL 

SCHOLARSHIP  ' 
ENDOWMENT 

A  scholarship  endowment  i 
has  been  established  at  Mount! 
Olive  College  in  memory  of  the 
late  Taylor  Hill,  first  director  of 
the  North  Carolina  Home  Mis- 
sions Board  of  Original  Free 
Will  Baptists. 

Initial  contributions  were 
made  by  the  Missions  Board 
and  the  Hill  Family.  The  fund , 
has  been  placed  on  compound 
interest  until  the  interest  and 
principal  total  $3,000; 
thereafter,  the  earnings  will  be 
used  to  provide  scholarships  for 
students  at  Mount  Olive  College 
who  are  preparing  for  the 
Christian  ministry  or  other 
church-related  vocations. 

"By  letting  the  fund  grow  un- 
til it  reaches  $3,000,  a  scholar- 
ship in  the  minimum  of  $300  can 
be  awarded  annually,"  the 
Rev.  Charles  Crisp,  executive 
director  of  the  Board,  ex- 
plained. It  is  hoped  that  the 
first  award  can  be  made  for  the 
1984-85  academic  year. 

The  endowment  is  open  to 
churches,  church  organizations 
and  individuals  who  would  like 
to  express  appreciation  for  the 
life  and  leadership  of  Mr.  Hill. 
Gifts  to  the  Hill  Endowment 
may  be  sent  directly  to  Mount 
Olive  College  (Mount  Olive, 
North  Carolina  28365)  or  to  the 
Free  Will  Baptist  Home  Mis- 
sions Board  (Post  Office  Box 
38,  Ayden,  North  Carolina 
28513).  Contributions  to  the: 
fund  are  tax  deductible. 

A  native  of  Greene  County, 
North  Carolina,  Hill  was  or- 
dained by  the  Cape  Fear  Con- 
ference, November  5,  1965.  His 
ministry  was  primarily  in  the 
Fayetteville  area  where  he 
organized  Eastwood  Church 
and  Haymount  Mission. 
Catalpa  and  Victory  Churches; 
were  also  outgrowths  of  his 
ministry.  It  was  also  under  Mr. 
Hill's  ministry  that  four  otherj 
men   were   ordained:  Jesse 


8 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISI 


Caton,  Alton  Howard,  Charles 
Parrish,  and  Dean  Kennedy. 
I  Hill  was  the  prime  mover  for 
the  establishing  of  the  Free  Will 
Baptist  Home  Missions  Board 
and  served  as  its  first  director 
for  ten  years  until  he  resigned 
in  1981  due  to  declining  health. 
Other  denominational  positions 
held  by  Hill  included  Chairman 
'of  the  Cape  Fear  Missions 
Board,  member  of  the  State 
I  Sunday  School  Board  and 
Secretary  of  the  General  Con- 
ference of  Original  Free  Will 
Baptists. 

"I  remember  Taylor  Hill  as 
a  man  of  faith,  vision,  commit- 
ment, and  compassion," 
declared  W.  Burkette  Raper, 
president  of  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege. "He  believed  that  the 
primary  mission  of  the  church 
was  not  to  serve  itself  but  to 
share  the  gospel  of  Jesus  Christ 
with  mankind  everywhere.  He 
was  an  humble  and  unselfish 
man  who  possessed  strong  con- 
victions about  his  duty  as  a 
Christian.  He  provided  extra- 
ordinary leadership  for 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists, 
and  he  will  be  missed,  but  we 
are  glad  that  other  young  men 
can  be  equipped  for  Christian 
service  through  the  scholarship 
that  has  been  established  in  his 
name." 

CONVENTION  CHAIRS 
PROJECT  GAINS 
MOMENTUM 

During  the  Christmas— New 
Year  period  of  December 
22— January  3,  gifts  totaling 
$4,950  were  received  for  99  Col- 
lege Hall  chairs.  Fifteen  of 
these  chairs  were  the  results  of 
the  work  of  the  Rev.  S.  A.  "Pa" 
Smith  of  Beulaville  who  used 
the  holiday  period  to  contact 
friends  for  the  project. 

Update  Through  January  3 

There  are  505  chairs 
available  to  be  contributed  by 
churches,  Sunday  school 
classes,  families,  individuals, 
Woman's  Auxiliaries,  Lay- 
man's  Leagues   or  Sunday 


schools.  The  chairs  may  be  donated  in  honor  (living)  or  in  memory 
(deceased)  of  persons  chosen  by  the  donor. 

The  chairs  will  be  used  for  conventions,  conferences  and  other 
church-related  events.  The  chairs,  along  with  the  1,250  bleacher 
seats,  will  provide  seating  capacity  for  more  than  2,000  people  on 
the  main  floor  of  College  Hall. 

Chairs  Needed  800  ($50  each)  $40,000 

Gifts  to  Date  295  14,750 

Balance 


505  Chairs 


295  Chairs  Through  January  3 

Donors 

Snow  Hill  Church,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Wallace  R.  Kirby,  Kenly 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Dessie  Warren 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  L.  F.  Warren 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Eva  Jackson 

By  Mr.  George  C.  Jackson,  Greenville 
In  Honor  of  Rebecca  Davenport 

By  Fidelis  Memorial  Sunday  School  Class  of 

Reedy  Branch  Church,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  E.  C.  Davenport 

By  Mrs.  Rebecca  Davenport,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson 

By  Mrs.  Clarissa  E.  May,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Clem  and  Lila  Harrison 

By  Hildred  Harrison,  New  Bern 
Saint  Paul  MSC,  Newton  Grove 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Emma  W.  Oliver 

By  Mrs.  Flonnie  W.  Creech  and 

Mrs.  Renna  W.  Barnes,  Princeton 
Mount  Zion  Church,  Roper 
In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Thomas  F. 

Davenport 

By  Mrs.  D.  H.  Furlough,  Creswell 
Mrs.  Viola  B.  White,  Dover 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ray  Warrick,  Newton  Grove 
Mrs.  Pearl  B.  Blalock,  Lucama 
Howell  Swamp  Layman's  League,  Walstonburg 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Willie  Mercer 

By  Nora  M.  Miller,  Beulaville 
Moseley's  Creek  Church,  Dover 
In  Memory  of  Henry  Clay  Herndon  Jr. 

By  Mrs.  Sarah  L.  Herndon  and  Children,  Goldsboro 
Mrs.  Bertha  Tripp,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  L.  E.  Turnage 

By  Mrs.  L.  E.  Turnage 
Mrs.  Rom  W.  Mallard,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Rom  W.  Mallard 

By  Mrs.  Rom  W.  Mallard,  Mount  Olive 
King's  Cross  Roads,  Farmville 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Milton  Wiggs,  Smithfield 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser 

By  the  First  Church  of  Tarboro 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  O.  B.  Jones 

By  the  First  Church  of  Tarboro 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Lillie  W.  Sanderson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Elwood  B.  Sanderson,  Beulaville 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  Exum 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Eugene  L.  Exum,  Beulaville 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Carl  W.  Powell,  Kenansville 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Janice  H.  Jones 

By  Mr.  Kenneth  G.  Jones,  Beulaville 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  Kenneth  G.  Jones 

By  Mrs.  Janice  H.  Jones,  Beulaville 

(Continued  on  Page  15) 


$25,250 


Number 
of  Chairs 

8 
2 
1 


Amount 

$  400 
100 
50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

100 

50 
50 

50 

50 

50 
50 

50 
150 
50 

100 
100 

50 
50 

50 
50 

250 
50 
150 

150 

50 

50 

50 
50 
50 
50 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


9 


Foreign  Missions 


GOD'S  LOVE  SHARED  AMONG 
ELEMENTARY  SCHOOL  CHILDREN 


The  Free  Will  Baptist  Church  Philippines  has  endorsed  a  new 
ministry  of  teaching  the  Bible  in  the  elementary  schools.  Permis- 
sion was  granted  by  the  superintendent  of  public  schools  to 
Palawan  Bible  Institute  for  its  graduates  to  teach  Bible  in  the 
public  schools  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section  780  of 
the  BPS  Service  Manual  and  of  Division  Letter  No.  3s,  1979. 

The  Board  of  Trustees  has  appointed  three  ladies,  who  are  in 
training  as  Bible  women,  to  teach  in  this  new  ministry.  They  are 
left  to  right:  Miss  Emy  Gabinete,  Miss  Leticia  Jardin  and  Miss 
Susan  dela  Rosa. 

Miss  Gabinete  is  a  member  of  the  Puerto  Princesa  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church  and  a  1982  graduate  of  Palawan  Bible  Institute. 
Miss  Jardin  and  Miss  dela  Rosa  are  members  of  the  Canigaran 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church  and  1983  graduates  of  Palawan  Bible  In- 
stitute. 


The  objective  of  this  new  ministry  is  to  expose  as  many  elemen- 
tary school  children  as  possible  to  the  gospel  of  Jesus  Christ.  Some 
of  these  children  are  members  of  evangelical  churches.  Some  are 
members  of  cultic  groups.  Some  are  Catholic.  But  most  of  these 
children  do  not  attend  church  at  all.  It  is  such  a  great  opportunity  to 
be  able  to  set  the  Truth,  Jesus  Christ,  before  them. 

10 


These  ladies  are  working  ir! 
four  elementary  schools.  The 
children  must  get  their  parent's' 
permission  to  attend  the  class. I 
Attendance  is  on  a  voluntary  I 
basis.  Weekly  attendance  is  ap-ll 
proximately  450  to  475.  Isn't! 
that  wonderful? 

Will  you  stop  and  take  time  to  I 
pray  for  these  three  ladies  and 
their    elementary  school 
children?    You   and   I  can 
remember  so  well  the  love  of  I 
Jesus  Christ  for  little  children.  I 

Thank  you  and  may  God'i 
bless  you. 

Fred  Baker 

Missionary  to  the  Philippines  ; 


MISSIONS  CONFERENCE 

Special  announcement  and 
invitation  to  attend  a  one -day 
world  missions  conference  onl 
March  9, 1984,  sponsored  by  the  I 
Board   of   Foreign   Missions.  1 1 
Place,  Mount  Olive  College: 

The  morning  and  afternoon I 
sessions  will  be  held  on  thelj 
downtown  campus.  The  World 
Missions  Rally  that  night  will  I 
be  held  in  College  Hall. 

The  schedule  will  begin  at  9j 
a.m.  with  a  prayer  session.  I 
Seminars  will  start  at  10  a.m.  1 
There  will  be  a  banquet  for  all  1 
who  can  come  at  5  p.m. 

The  rally  will  begin  at  7:30 
p.m.   Dr.   William  Bennett,! 
pastor  of  the  7,500  member 
First   Baptist   Church,  Fortn 
Smith,  Arkansas,  will  be  the  I 
speaker  for  the  day. 

The  van  der  Plas  Family  will  I 
be  commissioned  for  service  to  1 
the  Philippines  during  the  ral-  N 

iy- 

An  exciting  program  of  lee-  ; 
tures,  seminars,  and  music  has  i 
been  planned  for  the  whole  day. 

Plan  now  to  attend.  Come  by 
bus,  car,  etc.,  but  come! 

This  is  going  to  be  a  great  day 
in  the  Lord.  I  look  forward  to 
seeing  you  then. 

Harold  Jones,  Director 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Children's  Home 


MEMORIAL  CHAPEL  RECEIVING  REPAIRS 


Back  in  September  in  a  special  edition  of  the  "Children's  Home 
Life"  we  made  an  appeal  for  funds  to  help  meet  repair  costs  on 
Memorial  Chapel.  We  want  to  thank  each  church,  Sunday  school, 
auxiliary,  layman's  league  and  individual  friends  who  gave  to  help 
us  offset  this  additional  expense. 


Since  1952,  Memorial  Chapel 
has  stood  in  the  center  of  the 
campus  as  a  reminder  of  our 
mission  and  commitment  to 
Christianity  and  Christian  child 
care. 

JAMES  B.  HUNT  SR. 
HONORED  BY  NORTH 
CAROLINA  STATE  GRANGE 


The  roof  around  the  steeple  has  been  re-covered  which  was  one 
)f  our  major  costs.  Several  of  the  window  frames  have  been  re- 
placed and  other  repairs  completed.  The  repair  work  needed  to  be 
3one  before  the  winter  months.  We  still  need  your  assistance  in  the 
imount  of  $1,000  to  meet  this  expenditure.  If  you  or  your  church 
:ould  help  with  a  special  offering  it  would  be  an  answer  to  our 
prayers. 


James  B.  Hunt  Sr. 


James  B.  Hunt  Sr.,  Chairman 
of  the  Board  of  Trustees  of 
Mount  Olive  College,  has  been 
named  "North  Carolina  Man  of 
the  Year."  Mr.  Hunt  was 
awarded  the  honor  by  the  North 
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SUNDAY, 
JANUARY 


15 


Scripture  Reading  — Genesis  43-45 

I  SAW  ALSO  THE  LORD 
Humboldt,  in  his  Travels,  describes  his  ex- 
periences during  a  mighty  earthquake  and  ac- 
companying tornado.  He  was  filled  with  fear 
when  he  saw  the  churning  waters  receding  from 
the  bay.  His  vessel  toppled  over  on  the  beach. 
Huge  trees  were  uprooted.  Ominous,  black 
clouds  darkened  the  sky.  The  scene  was  terrify- 
ing. He  chanced  to  look  up  through  a  rift  in  the 
dark  cloud  and  there  he  saw  the  sun  shining  in  its 
glory!  Soon  the  earth  ceased  to  throb.  The  wind 
subsided.  The  sky  cleared,  and  the  sun  brought 
warmth  and  cheer. 

As  we  look  about  us  today,  we  see  much  to 
alarm  and  dismay  us.  We,  like  Isaiah,  see  totter- 
ing, crumbling  thrones.  But  Isaiah  saw  "also  the 
Lord." 


Midst  upheavals,  God  is  unchanged  and  un- 
changing— the  same  yesterday,  today  and 
forever.  "Thou  remainest!" 


MONDAY, 
JANUARY 


16 


Scripture  Reading— Genesis  46-48 

AT  HEART,  AN  EAGLE 
A  farmer  caught  a  young  eagle  and  placed  it 
with  his  chickens.  The  eaglet  ate  with  them  and 
soon  adapted  itself  to  their  ways.  One  day  a 
naturalist  visited  the  farmer.  Seeing  the  eagle, 
he  said,  "That's  not  a  chicken.  That's  an  eagle." 
"That's  right,"  said  the  farmer,  "but  he's  no 
longer  an  eagle  in  his  nature.  He's  a  chicken 
now,  for  he  eats  chicken  feed  and  does 
everything  chickens  do.  He'll  never  fly  again!" 
"You're  wrong,"  said  the  naturalist.  "He's  an 
eagle  still,  because  he  has  the  heart  of  an  eagle." 
After  making  several  unsuccessful  efforts  to  get 
the  eagle  to  fly,  the  naturalist  carried  the  eagle 
to  the  foot  of  a  high  mountain  just  as  the  sun  was 
rising.  The  instant  the  eagle  got  a  vision  of  the 
rising  sun,  he  uttered  a  wild  scream  of  joy, 
stretched  his  wings,  and  mounted  higher  and 
higher  into  the  sky— never  to  return  to  the 
farmer. 


Oh,  for  a  vision  of  Jesus,  "the  Sun  of 
righteousness,"  that  we  may  "mount  up  with 
wings  as  eagles  .  .  .  run,  and  not  be  weary  .  .  . 
walk,  and  not  faint. " 


TUESDAY, 
JANUARY 


17 


Scripture  Reading— Genesis  49  — Exodus  1 

LOOKING  UNTO  JESUS 

A  group  of  people  listened  to  a  student,  whej 
had  been  a  navigator  in  a  crew  of  giant  bombers 
in  World  War  II.  He  said,  "My  guiding  my  ship 
across  the  unchartered  oceans  was  a  simple 
matter  indeed.  Why,  all  I  had  to  do  was  take  a 
couple  looks  at  the  stars,  and  then  look  in  a  book. 
That  book  would  tell  me  right  where  we  were, 
making  it  the  easiest  thing  in  the  world  to  get  to 
our  destination! " 

God's  children  will  always  be  guided  aright 
when  they  do  two  things :  Look  to  Jesus  whom  the 
Bible  calls  "a  Star  of  Jacob,"  and  "the  bright 
and  morning  star,"  to  the  Book,  God's  im- 
perishable Word,  which  is  "a  lamp"  that 
"shineth  in  a  dark  place." 


Day  by  day,  dear  Lord, 
Of  Thee  three  things  I  pray: 
To  see  Thee  more  clearly, 
Love  Thee  more  dearly, 
Follow  Thee  more  nearly, 
Day  by  day. 


WEDNESDAY, 
JANUARY 


18 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  2-4 

HE  GRABBED  FOR  THE  BRANCH! 
An  acquaintance  was  on  the  critical  list  in  a 
Chicago  hospital.  The  doctors  gave  no  hope  for 
his  recovery.  In  his  earlier  years  the  patient  had 
confessed  Christ  as  his  Saviour.  His  life  had  been 
characterized  by  neglect  and  failure  to  live  a| 
consistent  Christian  life.  Coming  close  to  death's 
door,  God,  in  mercy,  was  seeking  him.  In  vision, 
he  saw  himself  on  the  edge  of  a  deep,  dark 
chasm,  into  which  he  began  to  slip.  In  his 
helplessness  he  cried  to  God  to  save  him.  Im- 
mediately he  saw  an  overhanging  branch  which 
he  grabbed,  and  to  which  he  clung  tenaciously! 
Could  it  be  that  the  branch  which  he  saw  was  the  | 
Branch  of  Jeremiah's  prophecy,  the  Saviour- 
King?  "I  will  raise  unto  David  a  righteous 
Branch"  (Jeremiah  23:5).  The  patient  began  to 
pray.  He  recovered  and  gave  God  the  glory  for 
answering  prayer  and  delivering  him  from  the 
"horrible  pit!" 


If  you  want  to  be  distressed,  look  to  yourself. 
If  you  want  to  be  perplexed,  look  to  others.  If  you 
want  to  be  radiant,  look  to  Jesus:  "Looking  unto 
Jesus  the  author  and  finisher  of  our  faith" 
(Hebrews  12:2). 


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rHURSDAY, 
IANUARY 


19 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  5-7 

'TWAS  A  LOOK! 
What  can  strip  the  seeming  glory 

From  the  idols  of  the  earth? 
Not  a  sense  of  right  and  duty, 

But  a  sight  of  peerless  worth. 
'Tis  the  look  that  melted  Peter, 

"Tis  the  face  that  Stephen  saw, 
'Tis  the  heart  that  wept  with  Mary 

Can  alone  from  idols  draw. 
Draw,  and  win,  and  fill  completely, 

Till  the  cup  o' erf  lows  its  brim, 
What  have  we  to  do  with  idols 

Since  we've  companied  with  Him? 


Look  away  from  things  that  perish, 

Wood  and  stone  will  soon  decay, 
Fix  your  eyes  on  things  eternal, 

God  and  Heav  'n  will  stand  for  aye. 
He  is  able,  He  is  willing, 

He  will  guide  you  all  the  way; 
Take  your  eye  off  things  that  perish, 

Look  to  Him  and  trust  and  pray. 


FRIDAY, 
JANUARY 


20 


icripture  Reading  — Exodus  8-10 

POTENTIAL  SAINTS! 

Agostino  d'  Antonio,  a  sculptor  of  Florence, 
:taly,  wrought  diligently  but  unsuccessfully  on  a 
arge  piece  of  marble.  "I  can  do  nothing  with  it," 
le  finally  said.  Other  sculptors,  too,  worked  with 
he  piece  of  marble,  but  they,  too,  gave  up  the 
ask.  The  stone  was  discarded.  It  lay  on  a  rub- 
)ish  heap  for  forty  years. 

Out  strolling  one  day,  Michelangelo  saw  the 
itone  and  the  latent  possibilities  in  it.  It  was 
irought  to  his  studio.  He  began  to  work  on  it. 
Jltimately,  his  vision  and  work  were  crowned 
vith  success.  From  that  seemingly  worthless 
tone  was  carved  one  of  the  world's  master- 
tieces  of  sculpture— David! 

On  the  rubbish  heaps  of  the  skid  rows  of  our 
ities  are  humanly  hopeless  and  helpless 
liscarded  degenerates  who  are  potential  saints! 


Oh,  for  the  vision  to  see  them  and  others,  not 
s  they  are,  but  as  they  may  become  by  the 
rans forming  grace  of  God! 


SATURDAY, 
JANUARY 


21 


sripture  Reading— Exodus  11-13 

GOD,  GRANT  US  THE  VISION! 
Nate  Saint  wrote  a  short  while  before  he  and 
)ur  other  young  men  were  martyred  by  the 

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savage  Aucas  Indians,  as  they  sought  to  take  the 
gospel  to  them : 

"As  we  have  a  high  old  time  this  Christmas 
may  we  who  know  Christ  hear  the  cry  of  the 
damned  as  they  hurtle  headlong  into  the 
Christless  night  without  ever  a  chance.  May  we 
be  moved  with  compassion  as  our  Lord  was.  May 
we  shed  tears  of  repentance  for  those  whom  we 
have  failed  to  bring  out  of  darkness.  Beyond  the 
smiling  scenes  of  Bethlehem  may  we  see  the 
crushing  agony  of  Golgotha.  May  God  give  us  a 
new  vision  of  His  will  concerning  the  lost  and  our 
responsibility.  Would  that  we  could  comprehend 
the  lot  of  these  Stone-Age  people  who  live  in  mor- 
tal fear  of  ambush  on  the  jungle  trail  ....  Those 
to  whom  the  bark  of  a  gun  means  sudden, 
mysterious  death  ....  Those  who  think  all  the 
men  in  the  world  are  killers  like  themselves.  If 
God  would  grant  us  the  vision,  the  word 
'sacrifice'  would  disappear  from  our  lips  and 
thoughts.  We  would  hate  the  things  that  now 
seem  dear  to  us,  our  lives  would  suddenly  be  too 
short,  we  would  despise  time-robbing  distrac- 
tions, and  charge  the  enemy  with  all  our  energy 
in  the  name  of  Christ.  May  God  help  us  to  judge 
by  the  eternity  that  separates  the  Aucas  from  the 
comprehension  of  Christmas  and  Him  who, 
though  He  was  rich  yet  for  our  sakes  became 
poor,  so  that  we  through  His  poverty  might  be 
made  rich." 


Open  my  eyes,  that  I  may  see 

This  one  and  that  one  needing  Thee: 

Hearts  that  are  dumb,  unsatisfied; 

Lives  that  are  dark,  for  whom  Christ  died. 

Open  my  eyes  in  sympathy 

Clear  into  man's  deep  soul  to  see; 

Wise  with  Thy  wisdom  to  discern, 

And  with  Thy  heart  of  love  to  yearn. 

Open  my  eyes  in  power,  I  pray; 

Give  me  the  strength  to  speak  today, 

Someone  to  bring,  dear  Lord,  to  Thee; 

Use  me,  O  Lord,  use  even  me. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


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For  January  15 

VISION  AND  MISSION 

Lesson  Text:  Isaiah  6:1-8 
Memory  Verse :  Isaiah  6 : 8 

The  prophets  of  God  in  the 
Old  Testament  and  the  apostles 
in  the  New  were  alike  in  two  im- 
portant respects.  They  knew 
that  their  message  was  divinely 
given,  and  this  knowledge  gave 
them  a  deep  feeling  of  urgency 
about  their  mission.  The  Apos- 
tle Paul  declared,  "I  must 
make  it  clear  to  you,  my 
friends,  that  the  gospel  you 
heard  me  preach  is  no  human 
invention.  I  did  not  take  it  over 
from  any  man;  no  man  taught 
it  me;  I  received  it  through  a 
revelation  of  Jesus  Christ" 
(Galatians  1:11,  12,  The  New 
English  Bible).  Paul  was  cer- 
tain of  this.  On  the  Damascus 
road  he  had  encountered  the 
risen  Christ  himself;  an  ex- 
perience that  turned  him 
around,  changing  his  life  com- 
pletely (Acts  22:5-16). 
Henceforth  he  was  a  man  with 
a  message  from  God.  He  spoke 
because  he  could  not  keep  from 
speaking. 

Others  had  a  similar  ex- 
perience. Jeremiah  asserted, 
"The  word  of  the  LORD  came 
unto  me"  (Jeremiah  1:4),  and 
then  he  lived  as  one  to  whom 
the  word  had  come.  When  the 
prophets  spoke  of  their  stand- 
ing in  the  counsel  of  the  Lord, 
they  were  not  referring  to  some 
inner  (subjective)  mystical  ex- 
perience. Theirs  was  an  en- 
counter with  God,  person  to 
person— such  an  encounter  as 
to  incite  them  to  action.  There 
have  been,  and  are,  many 
mystics  whose  meditations 
carry  them  into  the  surrealistic 
realm,  and  for  whom  con- 
sciousness of  the  world  fades 
away.  Some  such  even  enter- 
tain the  delusion  that  they  par- 
take of  the  divine  nature.  This 
never  was  true  of  the  prophets. 
In  the  presence  of  God  they 
realized  only  too  well  their  own 


human  nature.  Instead  of  at- 
tempting to  transcend  the 
world,  they  were  motivated  by 
the  realization  of  the  presence 
of  God  in  the  world. 

The  prophets  saw  themselves 
as  servants  of  the  Lord,  heralds 
of  His  Word.  So  strongly  did 
Jeremiah  feel  this  compulsion 
that  he  admitted,  "If  I  say,  'I 
will  not  mention  him  or  speak 
any  more  in  his  name,'  his  word 
is  in  my  heart  like  a  burning 
fire,  shut  up  in  my  bones.  I  am 
weary  of  holding  it  in;  indeed,  I 
cannot"  (Jeremiah  20:9,  New 
International  Version).  The 
prophets  spoke  because  they 
could  not  keep  silent.  This  was 
precisely  Isaiah's  experience. 
He  did  not  seek  the  prophetic 
office;  there  were  enough  self- 
appointed  false  prophets 
already. 

When  Isaiah  was  born,  Uz- 
ziah  reigned  in  Jerusalem  as 
king  of  Judah.  For  the  most 
part  he  was  a  good  king,  and 
certainly  he  was  a  capable  and 
popular  leader.  During  his  long 
reign  of  fifty-two  years  the  na- 
tion was  more  prosperous  than 
at  any  time  since  the  reign  of 
Solomon  some  two  hundred 
years  earlier. 

Uzziah  subdued  neighboring 
peoples  (2  Chronicles  26:6-8). 
He  strengthened  Jerusalem 
and  also  built  fortifications 
elsewhere.  He  promoted  agri- 
culture and  animal  husbandry 
and  opened  many  wells  to  pro- 
vide water  for  the  extensive 
flocks  and  herds  of  the  land.  He 
rebuilt  the  seaport  of  Elath  on 
the  Gulf  of  Aqaba,  and  thus  had 
a  trade  route  through  the  Red 
Sea.  All  of  these  pursuits  con- 
tributed to  the  prosperity  of  the 
area  for  his  people.  Back  of 
them  all,  however,  was  another 
factor  that  must  not  be 
overlooked;  Uzziah  "sought 
God  .  .  .  and  as  long  as  he 
sought  the  LORD,  God  made 
him  to  prosper"  (2  Chronicles 
26:5). 

Even  so,  conditions  were  not 
good  in  Judah  in  the  declining 


years  of  Uzziah.  The  peopj 
were  outwardly  religious  bi 
the  worship  of  God  had  lost  il 
spiritual  and  moral  characte: 
The  fact  that  God  is  holy  an 
righteous  and  demands  rigl 
teousness  of  His  people  wa 
forgotten  or  ignored.  In  spite  ( 
the  good  economic  climat< 
many  were  in  abject  povert 
because  of  unscrupulous  pro 
iteers  in  the  marketplace  an 
crooked  judges  in  the  court; 
Leaders  in  government  wer 
rebellious  against  God  and  the 
associated  with  underworl 
characters  and  hoodlums.  The 
took  bribes  and  perverte 
justice  (Isaiah  1:23).  The  time 
were  foreboding,  therefore 
when  Isaiah  was  called  to  be 
prophet. 

We  have  stated  that  th 
prophets  were  not  mystics 
When  they  spoke  of  seeing  Go 
and  hearing  Him  speak,  the 
were  not  describing  som 
mystical  experience  but  a 
historical  event  in  their  live: 
We  may  not  see  God,  as  the 
did,  in  some  miraculoui 
fashion.  Yet  still  we  ma 
behold  His  glory,  and  the  ej 
perience  can  become  for  us  " 
fire  in  our  bones,"  as  wit 
Jeremiah,  demanding  relea^ 
in  loving  service. 

James  Watt  saw  the  lid  of  hi 
mother's  teakettle  lifted  by  th 
pressure  of  the  steam  inside 
"There  is  power,"  he  said  t 
himself,  and  set  about  devisinl 
a  way  to  utilize  that  power  fc| 
good.  The  result,  as  we  knova 
was  the  steam  engine.  And  thai 
is  nothing  compared  with  th] 
power  available  from  above] 
waiting  to  be  incorporated  intj 
the  lives  of  those  who  have  see] 
God's  glory. 

And  then  there  is  the  more  ir| 
timate  and  personal  view  of  thl 
glory  of  God  as  seen  in  Chria 
Jesus  the  Son  (John  1:14).  Her] 
is  revealed  the  compassion  m 
God,  His  love,  and  His  power  tl 
save.  Who  can  look  and  not  b| 
challenged? — Standard  Lessom 
Commentary 


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JAMES  B.  HUNT  SR. 
HONORED 

(Continued  from  Page  11) 

irolina  Grange  at  the  State 
Hivention. 

In  connection  with  the  award, 
ng  time  Grange  leader 
Dbert  H.  Caldwell  said,  "Your 
cent  recognition  as  'North 
irolina  Man  of  the  Year'  was 

1  honor  and  recognition  most 
iserved.  You  and  Mrs.  Hunt 
ive  been  rocks  as  solid  as 
Ibraltar  through  the  years, 
le  leadership  which  you  have 
ovided,  the  personal  time  and 
penses  which  you  have  so 
sely  shared,  the  love  and  con- 
rn  for  others,  all  have  been 
,rt  of  the  Hunt  life.  Those  of  us 

10  have  come  in  contact  with 
>u  have  been  blessed  by  it." 

A  Guilford  County  native, 
r.  Hunt  has  planted  over 
0,000  pine  trees  on  his  own 
operty.  He  is  an  active 
ember  of  the  North  Carolina 
ate  Grange  Tobacco  Commit- 
e  and  presently  serves  as  the 
aster  of  the  Wilson  County 
"ange.  He  serves  on  the 
>restry  Advisory  Council  to 
e  North  Carolina  State 
>rester. 

Hunt's  accomplishments  in- 
ude:  a  B.S.  degree  in 
jriculture  from  North 
irolina  State;   pioneered  in 

11  conservation,  employed  by 
3  United  States  Department 
Agriculture;  worked  in  Soil 
mservation  Service  for  32 
ars  in  Guilford,  Cleveland, 
amance,  Wake  and  Wilson 
•unties ;  served  eight  years  on 
ue  Cured  Tobacco  Marketing 
>mmittee  with  represen- 
tees from  five  states ;  served 
years  on  the  Coastal  Plains 
igional  Commission,  assist- 
%  the  sections  of  Virginia, 
>rth  Carolina,  South  Carolina, 
;orgia,  and  Florida;  assisted 
•anges  in  Wilson,  Johnston, 
ish,  Greene,  and  Pitt  Coun- 
ts as  North  Carolina  State 
•ange  Deputy;  and  served  on 

2  Board  of  Directors  of  the 
>rth  Carolina  Grange  Mutual 
surance  Company. 

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Hunt  has  served  his  church  as  superintendent  of  Marsh  Swamp 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church  Sunday  school  from  1942-1972. 

He  is  married  to  Elsie  Brame  Hunt  of  Rock  Ridge  in  Wilson 
County.  They  have  two  sons,  Robert  Brame  Hunt,  a  psychiatric 
social  worker  with  Veterans  Hospital  in  Durham,  and  James  B. 
Hunt  Jr.,  the  Governor  of  North  Carolina. 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

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In  Memory  of  Sam  McLawhorn  2  100 

By  Mrs.  Maggie  McLawhorn,  Winterville 
Riverside  YFA  and  AFC,  Princeton  l  50 

In  Honor  of  E.  Matthew  Prescott  1  50 

By  Mrs.  Rhoda  B.  Prescott,  New  Bern  1  50 

In  Honor  of  Phillip  M.  Prescott,  New  Bern  l  50 

By  Mrs.  Rhoda  B.  Prescott,  New  Bern 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Willie  H.  Willoughby  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  L.  Dilday  and  Family, 

New  Carrollton,  Maryland 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  E.  Baldree  2  100 

By  Baldree's  Incorporated,  New  Bern 
In  Honor  of  Wanda  Johnson  1  50 

By  Mrs.  Pearl  R.  Johnson,  Raleigh 
In  Honor  of  James  A.  Lovette  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Earl  W.  Lovette,  Deep  Run 
In  Honor  of  Debra  A.  Lovette  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Earl  W.  Lovette,  Deep  Run 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  H.  Mason,  Oriental  1  50 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Sutton,  Deep  Run  1  50 

In  Memory  of  Theodore  R.  Slade  1  50 

By  Mrs.  Theodore  R.  Slade,  Merritt 
Marsh  Swamp  Church,  Sims  6  300 

Anonymous  1  50 

In  Memory  of  Leonidas  and  Mable  Chase  Rollins  2  100 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ben  E.  Rollins,  La  Grange 
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WEDNESDAY,  JANUARY  18,  1984,  AYDEN,  NORTH  CAROLINA 


The  Free  Will  Baptist 


Editorial 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   7 

Children's  Home  12 

Foreign  Missions  14 

Sunday  School  Lesson  15 

Family  Devotions  16 

6  Steps  to  Effective 
Disciple  Making   4 

The  Church  Looks  at  Divorce   5 

A  Loving  Tribute  to 
Mother  Jane  Warren   6 

The  Christian  Nurturer  12 

Volume  99  Number  3 

January  18,  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 


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Submission  Brings  Peace 

A  highly  respected  pastor  astonished  his  congregation  one 
Sunday  morning  when  he  began  his  opening  remarks.  The 
gentleman  reached  into  his  coat  pocket,  pulled  out  a  folded  let- 
ter and  held  it  in  the  air.  He  continued  by  explaining  that  it 
was  a  letter  of  resignation  that  he  had  been  carrying  around 
for  three  years.  The  minister  was  discouraged,  feeling  that  he 
had  to  waste  much  of  his  energy  performing  many  trivialities 
that  were  far  different  from  his  concept  of  what  the  ministry 
was.  Church  members  found  it  easy  to  complain  about  atten- 
dance and  offering  totals,  yet  these  same  individuals  were 
among  his  worst  attenders  and  tithers.  This  pastor  was 
defeated  and  frustrated  because  he  failed  to  see  signs  of 
spiritual  growth  among  the  members  of  his  congregation.  He 
tried  to  guide  his  congregation  to  a  level  of  spiritual  maturity 
but  found  his  efforts  fruitless.  "But,"  he  said,  "if  it  weren't  for 
the  'Jonathans,'  I  would  have  read  it  a  long  time  ago."  In  the 
midst  of  the  congregation  there  were  those  who  had  bloomed; 
and  he  had  stayed  for  them.  (Jonathan's  love  for  David 
grew— in  the  midst  of  turmoil.)  This  pastor  was  miserable 
because  there  were  those  who  stood  between  him  and  his  call- 
ing. 

Our  Lord  made  it  clear  that  everyone  is  called  into  a  cer- 
tain profession  according  to  his  abilities.  And  the  Apostle  Paul 
admonishes  us : 

God  has  given  each  of  you  some  special  abilities;  be 
sure  to  use  them  to  help  each  other,  passing  on  to  others 
God's  many  kinds  of  blessings.  Are  you  called  to 
preach?  Then  preach  as  though  God  himself  were 
speaking  through  you.  Are  you  called  to  help  others?  Do 
it  with  all  the  strength  and  energy  that  God  supplies,  so 
that  God  will  be  glorified  through  Jesus  Christ  (1  Peter 
4:10,  11,  Living  Bible). 

There  is  no  question  in  my  mind  that  every  call  is  a  worthy 
call— a  call  for  us  to  do  our  best.  Now  there  are  corporate 
presidents  who  are  absolutely  miserable  and  there  are 
domestic  engineers  who  are  victoriously  happy.  What  makes 
the  difference?  you  ask.  Well,  one  does  all  to  the  glory  of  God 
and  the  other  does  not.  You  can  hold  your  head  high  and  be 
happy  when  you  are  at  peace  with  God  and  yourself  about  your 
calling  and  your  answer  to  that  calling. 

This  I  know  well.  The  two  avenues  of  service  I  enjoy  the 
most  are  youth  work  and  graphics.  Nothing  thrills  me  any 
more  than  to  see  the  expression  on  a  young  person's  face  when 
he  comes  to  know  the  reality  of  God;  few  things  are  more 
fulfilling  than  to  see  young  people  united  and  "on  fire"  for  the 
Lord,  especially  when  those  young  people  are  eager  to  know 
more  of  Him.  A  printed  page  also  fascinates  me— I  love  to  see 
hours  of  planning  and  preparation  turned  into  a  work  of  "art." 
I  also  know  the  demands  of  these  callings.  Both  require 
nothing  short  of  one's  best.  But  any  job  worth  doing  is  worth 
doing  well. 

Often,  though,  we  confuse  the  person  who  is  called  with 
the  One  who  calls  him.  One  is  perfect;  the  other  is  not. 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISI 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE  OPENS 
$3  MILLION  COLLEGE  HALL 


Mount  Olive  College  opened  the  doors 
Saturday  to  its  $3  million  College  Hall  and  what 
was  proclaimed  as  a  new  era  of  service  in  the 
institution's  30-year  history. 

Some  2,000  people  were  on  hand  for  the 
grand  opening  and  a  tour  of  the  growing  cam- 
pus of  what  this  year  becomes  the  first  four- 
year  college  in  the  history  of  North  Carolina's 
Free  Will  Baptists. 

Governor  Jim  Hunt,  whose  father  serves  as 
chairman  of  the  institution's  Board  of  Trustees, 
described  the  College  as  being  "what  the  state, 
the  nation  and  mankind  need. " 

College  Hall  is  a  physical  education-athle- 
tic-civic and  convention  center  designed  to 
serve  not  only  the  school  but  the  denomination 
and  the  entire  community. 

With  a  seating  capacity  of  more  than  2,000, 
it  is  the  largest  facility  of  its  kind  in  this  area 
of  the  state. 

Governor  Hunt  noted  that  the  state's  Free 
Will  Baptists  had  embarked  on  their  higher 
education  program  with  only  $6.17  in  their 
budget. 

They  began  the  ltberal  arts  institution  in  an 
abandoned  public  school  building  bought  "on 
time"  for  $25,000. 

Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege president,  and  Byron  Bryan,  speaking  for 
the  community,  pointed  out  that  the  new  struc- 
ture would  provide  opportunities  for  civic, 
cultural,  educational,  recreational  and  other 
programs  not  heretofore  available  in  this  area. 

Until  now  the  school  had  to  rent  facilities 
for  basketball  and  its  other  indoor  athletic 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


functions.  Athletic  Director  Robert  McEvoy 
said  plans  already  are  underway  to  greatly  ex- 
pand basketball  and  other  sports  camps  held 
there  annually. 

While  dedication  of  the  new  facility  will  be 
held  later,  the  grand  opening  attracted  one  of 
the  largest  groups  ever  to  come  to  the  campus. 

One  of  the  most  popular  events  of  the  after- 
noon was  a  performance  by  the  Mount  Olive 
College  Singers  who  drew  a  prolonged  ovation 
for  a  selection  of  patriotic  numbers. 

Providing  music  throughout  the  program 
were  the  college  Concert  Choir  and  the  North 
Carolina  Symphony  Brass  Quintet. 

College  Hall  was  constructed  by  T.  A.  Lov- 
ing Company  of  Goldsboro  at  less  cost  and  in 
less  time  than  had  been  projected. 

At  the  conclusion  of  his  remarks,  Governor 
Hunt  was  presented  a  carving  of  cardinals— the 
state  bird— by  Bobby  Ackiss,  recognized  as  one 
of  the  nation's  top  carvers  of  bird  and  wildfowl. 
His  wife  has  worked  at  the  college  for  many 
years. 

The  governor  was  introduced  by  Con- 
gressman Charlie  Whitley. 

Also  having  parts  on  the  program  were 
James  B.  Hunt  Sr.,  chairman  of  the  Board; 
S.  Woodrow  McCoy,  William  P.  Franklin  of 
T.  A.  Loving  Company,  College  Vice  President 
for  Finance  James  Coats,  Finance  Chairman 
L.  Marvin  Edwards  Jr.,  State  Free  Will  Baptist 
Convention  President  Gary  M.  Bailey,  Student 
Government  Association  President  Earl  Worley 
Jr.,  and  the  Rev.  De  Wayne  Eakes,  president  of 
the  State  Convention  Ministerial  Association. 

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6  STEPS  TO  EFFECTIVE 
DISCIPLE  MAKING 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Dii/est,  P.O.  Box  5199, 
Jackson,  Mississippi  39216.) 

Part  2 


It.  Enhancing  your  witness. 
As  you  think  and  plan  how  to 
communicate  God's  love  to 
your  Extended  Family,  the 
question  naturally  arises,  "But 
what  do  I  say?"  To  find  the 
answer  to  that  question,  let's 
turn  to  the  Bible. 

In  searching  Scripture  to 
answer  the  question,  "What  do 
I  say,"  one  is  impressed  that 
there  is  no  one  simple  formula 
that  was  used.  Every  situation 
was  different.  Jesus,  in 
teaching  His  disciples  to  be 
fishers  of  men,  used  many  dif- 
ferent models.  From  Nico- 
demus,  the  religious  ruler  who 
was  told  he  needed  to  be  "born 
again,"  to  the  woman  of 
Samaria  who  was  offered  water 
of  eternal  life,  to  the  thief  on  the 
Cross  who  asked  only  to  be 
remembered  when  Christ  came 
into  His  kingdom.  Each  situa- 
tion presented  different  needs, 
portrayed  different  relation- 
ships, used  different  words, 
brought  a  different  response. 
Each  situation  was  unique. 

However,  while  there  was  not 
one  formula,  there  were  com- 
mon demoninators  of  the  gospel 
presentations  which  appeared 
again  and  again  in  biblical 
models.  What  were  they? 

The  assumption  of  man's  sin- 
ful nature.  The  teachings  of 
Jesus,  the  Apostles,  the  Early 
Church  all  assume  the  common 
sinfulness  of  mankind.  Because 
of  man's  sinful  nature,  the 
gospel  embodies  a  call  to  repen- 
tance and  faith.  Scripture 
abounds  with  the  recognition  of 
the  sinfulness  of  mankind:  "All 
of  us  like  sheep  have  gone 
astray.  Each  of  us  has  turned  to 
his  own  way,  but  the  Lord  has 
caused  the  iniquity  of  us  all  to 
fall  on  Him."  Indeed,  there  is 
not  a  righteous  man  on  earth 


who  continually  does  good  and 
who  never  sins.  "All  have 
sinned  and  and  come  short  of 
the  glory  of  God."  "...  His  laws 
serve  only  to  make  us  see  we 
are  sinners."  "If  we  say  we 
have  no  sin,  we  are  only  fooling 
ourselves  and  refusing  to  ac- 
cept the  truth." 

The  focal  point  —  Jesus 
Christ.  People  in  the  New 
Testament  did  not  respond  to  a 
series  of  theological  proposi- 
tions. They  responded  to  a  per- 
son—Jesus Christ.  "Come  and 
see  .  .  .  we  have  found  the 
Messiah,"  said  Andrew. 
"Come,  see  a  man  ...  is  not  this 
the  Christ?"  asked  the  woman 
at  the  well.  "We  have  met  the 
man  spoken  of  in  the  Law," 
Philip  told  Nathaniel. 

The  target  for  witness — 
responsive  people.  Jesus  told 
His  followers:  "As  you  enter 
his  house,  give  it  your  blessing 
.  .  .  but  if  no  one  will  welcome 
you,  or  even  listen  to  what  you 
have  to  say,  leave  that  house  or 
town,  and  once  outside  it,  shake 
the  dust  of  that  place  from  your 
feet  .  .  .  ."  Jesus  was  instruct- 
ing His  disciples  to  identify  re- 
ceptive people  and  communi- 
cate the  Good  News  to  them. 

Throughout  the  New  Testa- 
ment we  are  instructed  to  focus 
on  people  who  are  willing  to 
listen  and  respond:  "He  that 
has  ears  to  hear,  let  him  hear." 
"Turn  your  eyes  unto  the  fields 
that  are  already  white  unto 
harvest."  "The  seed  sown  on 
good  soil  is  the  man  who  hears 
and  understands  .  .  .  ." 

The  starting  place — the  per- 
son's need.  Jesus'  ministry  of 
healing  focused  on  people's 
needs  .  .  .  then  their  healing  .  .  . 
then  their  following  of  Christ. 
"They  that  are  whole  need  not  a 
physician,  but  they  that  are 


sick."  The  Christian  commit- 
ment one  sees  in  Scripture  iij 
not  based  on  a  series  off 
theological  propositions  to 
believe  in,  but  on  a  faith  that! 
makes  people  whole.  "Then  He! 
said  to  her,  'My  daughter,  your 
faith  has  made  you  whole.'  " 

The  instrument  of  God — peo- 
ple. God  uses  people,  in  most 
cases,  to  bring  other  people  to 
Himself.  Conversions  do  not 
take  place  in  a  vacuum.  Philip 
was  there  to  interpret  the  Scrip- 
ture for  the  Ethiopian.  Peter! 
was  there  to  help  Cornelius.' 
Paul  was  there  to  help  Lydia. 
When  the  people  in  the  New 
Testament  came  to  faith,  they 
came  through  the  influence  and 
help  of  others. 

The  proclamation — the 
"kerygma. "  There  were  impor- 
tant essentials  that  comprised! 
that  first  Good  News  pro- 
claimed by  the  Early  Church. 
The  kerygma  (a  Greek  noun 
meaning  "proclamation"  or 
"preached  message")  was  the 
earliest  gospel  Christ's  apostles 
took  out  to  their  world.  Ar- 
chibald Hunter  reviews  the 
essentials  of  this  kerygma. 
"The  prophesies  are  fulfilled! 
.  .  .  the  Messiah  has  come.  He  is 
Jesus  of  Nazareth,  the  servant 
of  the  Lord  .  .  .  who  was 
crucified  according  to  God's 
purpose,  was  raised  from  the 
dead  on  the  third  day,  is  now 
exalted  to  God's  right  hand, 
and  will  come  in  glory  for  judg- 
ment.  Therefore,  repent, 
believe  this  Good  News,  and  be 
baptized  for  the  forgiveness  of 
your  sins  and  the  gift  of  the 
Holy  Spirit." 

This  message  was  preached 
by  all  the  apostles.  At 
Pentecost,  Peter  preached, 
"Therefore  let  all  the  house  of 
Israel  know  for  certain  that 
God  has  made  Him  both  Lord 
and  Christ."  Paul  proclaimed 
that  through  Christ,  "God  was 
manifest  in  the  flesh,  justified 
in  the  Spirit,  seen  of  angels, 
preached  unto  the  Gentiles, 
believed  on  in  the  world,  re- 
ceived up  into  glory." 
(Continued  Next  Week) 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


THE  CHURCH 
LOOKS  AT  DIVORCE 

by  De  Wayne  Eakcs 
Part  2 

I  am  aware  of  one  specific  incidence  in 
which  a  man  had  been  a  long-time  upstanding 
leader  in  his  church.  He  was  nominated  for  the 
office  of  deacon.  The  pastor  and  some  others 
blocked  the  nomination  because  he  had  been 
divorced  and  remarried.  The  man  was  a 
member  in  good  standing,  a  leader,  faithful  in 
attendance,  and  a  tither,  but  he  could  not  be  a 
deacon.  He  was,  in  effect,  relegated  to  a 
"second-class  church  membership  and  a 
second-class  Christianity." 

Divorced  persons  who  are  Christians  are 
Christians  who  have  failed  in  a  tremendously 
significant  aspect  of  life.  "They  are  still  Chris- 
tians, however,  and  they  have  a  proper  and  im- 
portant place  in  the  Christian  fellowship"  (p. 
50,  Roger  Crook). 

The  problem  of  marriage  failure  is  not 
minimized,  it  is  serious;  nor  do  I  minimize  the 
importance  of  offices  held  in  the  church  or 
qualifications  for  office.  If  we  literally  enforced 
ill  the  qualifications  everybody  would  be  dis- 
qualified. The  Bible  and  church  must  present  to 
all  persons  the  highest  ideals  of  Christian  con- 
duct. 

The  church  quite  properly  tries  to  entrust  leadership 
to  the  best  qualified  persons.  To  have  a  regulation, 
however,  which  bars  a  person  who  is  in  good  stand- 
ing from  the  church  from  holding  an  office  is  a  bit 
hypocritical.  It  is  to  say,  "You  may  have  a  limited 
membership  in  the  Christian  community.  You  may 
do  this,  but  not  that.  You  may  worship.  You  may  con- 
tribute your  money.  But  you  may  not  contribute  your 
services"  (p.  61,  Roger  Crook). 

I  hope  and  pray  that  we  are  not  doing  that 
to  our  people  who  come  needing  healing, 
jnderstanding  and  forgiveness.  Divorce  brings 
snough  guilt.  As  the  church  we  certainly  do  not 
need  to  compound  it.  We  need  to  incorporate 
these  people  into  our  fellowship  just  as  we  do 
any  other  sinner.  We  need  to  use  their  talents, 
abilities  and  gifts  in  whatever  ways  God  may 
open  to  them. 

As  you  know  our  denomination  does  not 
pronounce  moral  "Canons"  on  these  issues.  It 
is  left  up  to  the  minister  and  the  church  to  set 
policy  on  this  issue  of  divorce.  It  is  interesting 
to  note  that  in  1950  the  Western  Conference 
passed  a  motion  forbidding  the  licensing  and 
ordination  of  people  who  were  divorced.  In  1981 
that  motion  was  rescinded  recognizing  that 
divorce  or  even  adultery  are  sins,  but  they  can 


be  forgiven,  and  if  God  can  forgive  these  sins, 
we  must  do  so! 

III.  Toward  Developing  a  Theology  of  Divorce. 

I  believe  that  Jesus  meant  what  He  said 
about  the  most  important  commandment  (Mat- 
thew 22:37-40).  He  said  that  when  you  have 
fulfilled  this  commandment  you  have  fulfilled 
or  satisfied  the  demands  of  the  Law  and  the  ex- 
hortations of  the  prophets.  I  believe  that  this 
"Greatest  Commandment"  calls  the  Christian 
who  takes  seriously  his  discipleship  to  do  the 
most  loving  thing  in  any  given  situation.  Jesus 
always  did;  is  He  not  our  example?  According 
to  Jesus  the  supreme  commandment  is  love.  It 
is  not  always  easy  to  do  the  "Loving  thing." 

I  will  share  with  you  what  I  believe  about 
divorce  and  remarriage: 

1.  I  believe  that  marriage  is  intended  by  God  to 
be  a  permanent  union  between  one  man  and  one 
woman. 

2.  I  believe  that  real  or  genuine  "Holy 
Matrimony"  is  a  covenant  relationship  between  God 
and  the  couple. 

3.  I  believe  that  the  only  basis  for  marriage  is 
genuine  love  — "Love  is  allowing  the  other  person  to 
be  who/what  they  are  without  trying  to  mold  them  in- 
to what  you  want  them  to  be."  (Only  God  can  really 
change  a  human  being,  let's  leave  re-creation  to  the 
Creator. ) 

4.  I  believe  that  divorce  is  both  a  tragedy  (for 
everyone  included)  and  an  evil  resulting  from  sin.  It 
is  a  manifestation  of  evil.  It  is  the  breaking  of  the 
basic  human  relationship,  one  intended  to  form  the 
deepest  and  most  intimate  relationship  that  any  two 
persons  can  share. 

5.  Some  divorces  clearly  result  from  sin  and 
selfish  actions  of  one  or  both  people  involved.  Other 
divorces,  resulting  from  evil  and  causing  pain,  may 
or  may  not  be  acts  of  sin. 

6.  Is  divorce  an  evidence  of  sin/evil?  Yes!  Is  it 
an  unforgiveable  sin?  No! 

7.  Divorce  often  is  a  choice  between  the  lesser 
of  two  evils,  not  a  choice  between  good  and  evil. 

a.  I  believe  to  live  with  a  person  without 
really  loving  them  in  the  context  of  mar- 
riage is  just  as  much  sin  as  to  live  with 
someone  without  being  married! 

b.  When  one  party  physically  or  emotionally 
abuses  the  spouse,  which  is  worse,  to  live  in 
a  literal  "hell"  or  to  divorce? 

8.  The  issue  is  not  whether  divorce  is  painful  or 
a  result  of  sin.  Normally  it  is  both  and  very  rarely 
will  you  find  a  completely  "innocent  party."  Here  is 
the  real  question:  Among  the  available  options 
(desertion,  continuation  of  a  bad  marriage,  perma- 
nent separation,  divorce,  homicide,  suicide),  which  is 
the  best  or  most  "human' '/loving  solution? 

9.  I  believe  that  divorce  is,  at  times,  the  only 
reasonable  or  "Christian"  solution. 

10.  I  also  believe  that  divorce  is  a  "last  ditch" 
effort  to  be  used  only  after  all  other  avenues  have 
been  genuinely  tried  and  have  failed.  ( One  of  the  first 
questions  I  ask  a  person  who  comes  to  me  with 
marital  problems  is,  "Do  you  want  to  work  on  saving 
your  marriage?"  "Why  do  you  want  to  save  it?") 

11.  God  desires  faithfulness  in  marriage  as  He 
does  all  other  relationships.  The  purpose  of  marriage 
is  for  the  mutual  fulfillment  of  both  parties. 

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A  LOVING  TRIBUTE  IN  CELEBRATION 
OF  THE  BEAUTIFUL  LIFE  OF  MOTHER  JANE  WARREN 


Marshall  and  Jane  Warren 


On  January  23,  1983,  she 
quietly  slipped  away  from  our 
midst  for  her  heavenly 
homecoming.  Oh!  how  we  miss 
her.  Each  Sabbath  day  here  at 
Saint  Paul  Church,  Newton 
Grove,  we  are  keenly  aware  of 
the  vacancy  on  the  right  side  of 
the  sanctuary,  second  pew, 
which  she  occupied  so  many 
wonderful  years.  She  would 
have  been  eighty-eight  years 
old,  April  3.  Those  years  were 
filled  with  usefulness  and 
labors  of  love.  She  truly  ex- 
emplified the  beautiful  poem, 
'  'Let  Me  Live  in  a  House  by  the 
Side  of  the  Road  and  Be  a 
Friend  of  Man."  She  truly  was 
a  friend  to  mankind,  especially 
the  less  fortunate.  She  was  a 
compassionate,  loving,  caring 
and  sharing  person.  A  truly 
special  lady! 

She  was  born  on  April  3,  1895. 
Her  parents  were  Joe  and  Hep- 
sie  Bass.  At  19,  she  became  the 
lovely  bride  of  Marshall  War- 
ren, a  very  fine  young 
gentleman,  a  neighbor  from  a 
highly  respected  and  promi- 
nent family.  They  shared  sixty 
years  of  marriage,  until  his 
death  at  age  eighty-four,  on 
June  19,  1974.  They  were  a 
wonderful  couple  who  brought 


many  blessings  to  our  com- 
munity and  especially  to  our 
church.  Their  only  child, 
Dewey,  and  his  precious  wife, 
the  former  Annie  Laura  Britt, 
presented  Daddy  Marshall  and 
Mother  Jane  six  fine  grand- 
children which  proved  to  be  the 
crowning  joy  of  their  lives. 
Great  grandchildren  added 
even  more  happiness  to  this 
close-knit  family. 

In  retrospect  we  can  truly  ap- 
preciate Daddy  Marshall  and 
Mother  Jane  even  more.  We  all 
affectionately  use  these  names 
whether  we're  family  or 
friends.  Their  golden  deeds  are 
monuments  to  the  beautiful 
lives  they  lived  before  us.  We 
recall  so  very  many  ways  they 
helped  to  make  things  move 
forward,  especially  in  our 
church.  He  was  a  very  suc- 
cessful farmer  and  business- 
man, a  wonderful  neighbor  and 
dedicated  Christian.  He  sup- 
ported our  church  in  any  way 
he  could  right  up  'til  his  death. 
He  served  on  the  Board  of 
Trustees  in  the  early  years.  He 
donated  land  for  parking  space. 
He  was  faithful  and  active 
always. 

Mother  Jane's  record  is 
unique  in  our  church.  She  was 
also  a  great  neighbor.  She  was 
first  of  all  a  wife  and 
mother— an  old  fashioned  salt 
of  the  earth  type  of  lady,  a 
wonderful  homemaker  with 
that  unbeatable  down  home 
cooking  ability.  Her  specialty 
was  her  old  fashioned  apple- 
jacks—hers took  the  blue  rib- 
bon. At  our  auxiliary  bake  sales 
they  sold  like  the  proverbial  hot 
cakes  for  $1  each.  She  kept  this 
going  until  a  month  before  her 
death.  Her  faith  and  zest  for  life 
are  a  continuing  challenge  and 
inspiration  to  all  of  us  who 
knew  and  loved  her.  She  truly 


let  her  light  shine  and  it  con- 
tinues to  shine  on  in  the  lives  of 
others.  She  was  determined  to 
come  to  church  activities  and 
help,  up  to  the  very  last,  when 
she  was  getting  feeble  and  j 
almost  unable  to  get  around 
without  the  faithful  loving  sup- 
port of  Jo  Anne  and  Barbara 
and  others.  She  was  a  positive  j 
person  and  a  real  winner!  We 
saw  her  determination  not  only 
to  come  to  church  but  to  attend 
her  great  granddaughter's 
wedding.  It  was  sort  of  her  way 
of  thanking  Barbara  for  being, 
so  good  to  her. 

We  remember  most  of  all  the 
wonderful  part  she  had  in  get- 
ting  our   Ladies  Auxiliary 
organized  and  off  to  a  good 
start.  Someone  has  beautifully 
said,  "Auxiliary  work  is  an  ex- 
tension of  the  loving,  caring, 
compassionate  arm  of  God." 
We  believe  this  and  so  did 
Mother  Jane.  In  August,  1925, 
the  dedicated  Christian  ladies 
of  our  church  met  at  her  house ! 
and  organized  our  continuing1 
auxiliary.  Beginning  with  thir-j 
teen  (13)  charter  members  whoi 
were  dedicated  faithful  Chris- 1 
tian  ladies,  it  flourished  and 
contributed   greatly   to  our! 
church  and  community.  Mother 
Jane  served  as  first  president1 
and  proved  to  be  the  only  one  of 
the  charter  members  to  remain1 
living   and   serving  from 
1925-1983,  a  total  of  fifty-eight| 
years.  She  missed  very  few 
meetings,  and  her  contribution 
to  it  was  unequaled.  She  filled 
almost  all  the  offices  plus  beingj 
Sunday  school  teacher,  Bible 
school  worker,  and  pianist  for 
many   years.    Her  favorite 
hymns    included    "What  a 
Friend  We  Have  in  Jesus," 
"Love  Lifted  Me"  and  "Amaz- 
ing Grace."  She  fed  her  share 
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News  81  Notes 


NEW  CHURCH  WING  UNDER  CONSTRUCTION 


The  members  of  Marlboro  Church,  Farmviiie,  gathered  out- 
side after  the  morning  message  on  January  1, 1984,  to  participate  in 
the  groundbreaking  service  for  the  church's  new  wing.  Work  began 
on  the  construction  site  the  next  day.  This  unit  will  provide  a  large 
fellowship  area  for  the  congregation;  kitchen  and  restroom 
facilities  are  also  included  in  this  unit. 

The  Rev.  Scott  Sowers  serves  as  pastor  of  Marlboro  Church. 


Upcoming  Revival  Scheduled 
At  Free  Union  Church 

The  members  and  pastor  of 
Free  Union  Church,  Beaufort 
County,  cordially  invite 
everyone  to  join  them  in  their 
upcoming  revival  services.  The 
services  will  begin  on  Monday 
evening,  January  23,  and  con- 
tinue through  Friday,  January 
27.  All  services  will  begin  at 
7:30  p.m.  and  special  music  is 
scheduled  nightly.  The  Rev. 
Bruce  Jones,  pastor  of  King's 
Cross  Roads  Church,  Farm- 
viiie, will  be  the  guest  speaker. 

The  Rev.  Aubrey  Williamson 
is  pastor  of  Free  Union  Church. 

Otway  Church  to  Consecrate 
Education  Building 

The  members  of  Otway 
Church  near  Beaufort  will  con- 
secrate their  new  educational 
building  on  January  22,  at  3 
p.m.  All  pastors  and  area 
churches  are  invited  to  attend 
this  service. 

The  following  is  a  schedule  of 
service : 
Prelude,  Organ 

Invocation,  the  Rev.  Jerry  Rowe 
Welcome,  Mrs.  Norman  Gillikin 


Hymn,  Congregation 
Responsive  Reading,  the  Rev.  David  C. 
Hansley 

Prayer,   the  Rev.   Howard  Starling, 
Pastor 

Vocal  Selection,  Mr.  Bobby  Golden  and 

Mr.  Mike  Taylor 
Choir 

Comments,  the  Rev.  Gary  Bailey 
Recognition   of   Special  Representa- 
tives, Pastor 
Awards  Presentation,  Pastor 
Choir 

Address,  the  Rev.  Carol  B.  Hansley 

Litany  of  Consecration,  Pastor 

Prayer  of  Consecration 

Hymn,  Congregation 

Benediction,  Pastor 

Benedictory  Response,  Congregation 

Postlude 

Macedonia  Sunday  School 
Has  Training  Program 

The  Macedonia  Sunday 
School,  Ernul,  held  a  certifica- 
tion training  program  during 
the  month  of  February,  1983. 

Members  involved  in  the  pro- 
gram complied  with  the 
qualifications  and  completed 
the  require  courses. 

Mr.  Denny  Gaskins  pre- 
sented the  awards  December 
18,  1983,  during  the  Sunday 
school  hour.  Members  receiv- 
ing  certificates   from  the 


Education  Committee  of  the 
Sunday  School  Convention  were 
as  follows:  Robert  Baysden, 
Anita  Beasock,  Terry  Beasock, 
Colleen  Gaskins,  Lindbergh 
Mills,  Barbara  Shackelford, 
Doris  Shackelford,  and  Debbie 
Taylor. 

Study  of  Teen  Alcohol 
Use  Planned 

For  six  consecutive  Sunday 
evenings,  the  Pine  Level 
Church  will  conduct  a  study  on 
teenage  alcohol  use  and  abuse. 
The  dates  of  the  study  are 
February  5,  12,  19,  26,  and 
March  4  and  11.  Each  session 
will  begin  at  8  p.m.  at  the 
church  and  last  about  one  hour. 

The  basis  of  the  study  will  be 
material  published  by  the 
Christian  Life  Commission  of 
the  Southern  Baptist  Conven- 
tion. "The  intent  of  this  study  is 
to  present  teenagers  and  their 
parents  with  the  facts  concern- 
ing alcohol  use  and  its  effects 
upon  the  lives  of  individuals 
and  families,"  says  the  Rev. 
Donald  Coates,  pastor. 

Topics  to  be  covered  include 
(1)  "Things  You  Should  Know 
About  Alcohol";  (2)  "Why  Do 
People  Drink?";  (3)  "Talking 
About  Drinking  and  Driving"; 
(4)  "The  Bible  Speaks  on 
Alcohol";  (5)  "Making  Up 
Your  Mind";  (6)  "How  You 
Can  Help."  Each  session  will 
include  small  group  discussions 
and  activities  aimed  at  enforc- 
ing the  lessons  of  each  session. 

All  interested  teenagers  and 
parents  of  teenagers  are  in- 
vited to  participate.  There  will 
be  no  charge  for  the  study; 
however,  anyone  is  asked  to 
notify  Mr.  Coates  by  January 
21,  if  he  would  like  to  attend.  He 
may  be  reached  by  phone  at 
965-6740,  or  at  Box  337,  Pine 
Level,  North  Carolina  27568. 
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CHANGE  OF  ADDRESS 

The  Rev.  Aubrey  Williamson 
now  has  a  change  of  address.  It 
is  Route  1,  Box  97,  Pinetown, 
North  Carolina  27865. 


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January  is 


FreejVill  Baptist 


Month 


Sunday,  January  22, 1984 

is 

Retirement  Homes  Sunday 

P.O.  BOX  250  I 
MIDDLESEX,  NORTH  CAROLINA  27557 

TELEPHONE  235-2161 


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SCENES  FROM 

College  Hall 

GRAND  OPENING 


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COLLEGE  HALL  CHAIRS  PASS  HALF-WAY  MARK 

During  the  week  of  January  4-9,  a  total  of  137  chairs  were  con- 
tributed for  College  Hall.  These  gifts  bring  to  432  the  number  of 
chairs  given  toward  a  goal  of  800. 

Summary:  Through  January  9 

Needed              800  Chairs  ($50  Each)  $40,000 

Gifts  to  Date      432  Chairs  21,600 

Balance             368  $18,400 

432  Chairs  Through  January  9 

Number 

Donors  of  Chairs  Amount 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Julia  Mercer  i  1      $  50 

By  Gene  Mercer,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Walter  Rhodes  2  100 

By  Gene  Mercer,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Frank  Mercer  2  100 

By  Gene  Mercer,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Ralph  Mercer  l  50 

By  Gene  Mercer,  Mount  Olive 

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In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Weils  Thomas 

By  Gene  Mercer,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Treat  Brown 

By  Dianne  B.  Riley,  New  Bern 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  Gibson  Riley 

By  Dianne  B.  Riley,  New  Bern 
In  Memory  of  Jimmie  W.  Harris 

By  Lillie  H.  Case,  Tarboro 
In  Memory  of  Sue  Mae  Harris 
By  Lillie  H.  Case,  Tarboro 
In  Memory  of  Roy  R.  Case 

By  Donald  E.  Case,  Tarboro 
In  Honor  of  Etta  C.  Case 

By  Donald  E.  Case,  Tarboro 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Mike  Scott 

By  Wintergreen  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Cove  City 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Amy  B.  Scott 

By  Wintergreen  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Cove  City 
In  Memory  of  Janet  Brewer 

By  Dublin  Grove  Ladies  Aid,  Aurora 
Dublin  Grove  Church,  Aurora 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Dianne  B.  Riley 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Owen  Peele  and  Family, 
Aurora 
Sallie  V.  Thompson,  Aurora 
Moseley's  Creek  League,  Dover 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Edwin  G.  Roper,  Belhaven 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Calvin  Heath 

By  Free  Union  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Walstonburg 
Sandy  Plain  Church,  Beulaville 
Mount  Tabor  Church,  Creswell 
Union  Chapel  Church,  Middlesex 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jack  Dail 

By  Grover  and  Nita  Hester,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Mattie  Lane 

By  Rock  of  Zion  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Grantsboro 
Piney  Grove  Church,  Kenly 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Boyd  L.  Shook 

By  Verona  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Verona 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Ruth  Shook 

By  Verona  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Verona 
In  Memory  of  William  Manning 

By  Oak  Grove  Church,  Vanceboro 
In  Honor  of  Bill  and  Lou  McLawhorn 
By  Janie  and  George  Fouke,  Ohio 
In  Honor  of  Bill  and  Lou  McLawhorn 

By  Billy  and  Martha  McLawhorn,  Grifton 
In  Honor  of  Dot  and  Jack  Dail 

By  Mike,  Brad,  and  Judy  Bowen,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  Bill  and  Lou  McLawhorn 

By  Nancy  and  Bill  May,  Marietta,  GA 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  C.  L.  Patrick 
By  Barbara,  Charles  Jr.,  and  Alan  Herring, 
Kinston 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  C.  L.  Patrick 

By  the  Ray  Clark  Family,  Snow  Hill 
In  Memory  of  Ottis  Miller  and  Annie  Outlaw 
Kennedy 

By  Calvin  and  Marilyn  Mercer,  Smithfield 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Adrian  E.  Brown 

By  Nan  and  Adrian  Brown,  Virginia  Beach, 
VA 

In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Hannah  C.  Brown 

By  Nan  and  Adrian  Brown,  Virginia  Beach, 
VA 

Christian  Chapel  Church,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Earl  Biel- 
by,  and  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sherwood  L.  Quinn, 
Pink  Hill 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Chris  Singleton 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Allen  Quinn,  Beulaville 

In  Honor  of  Vickie  Singleton 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Allen  Quinn,  Beulaville 

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THE 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

by  Bass  Mitchell 


Something  new  you  might 
like  to  try  during  the  opening 
assembly  of  the  Sunday  school 
is  to  let  the  various  classes  take 
turns  presenting  a  short  pro- 
gram based  on  and  intended  to 
illustrate  the  Sunday  school 
lesson  for  each  Sunday.  A 
schedule  could  be  posted  on  a 
bulletin  board  so  that  each 
class  would  know  when  it  is 
their  turn.  Let  me  share  some 
examples  of  how  this  could  be 
used. 

For  a  lesson  on  prayer,  the 
junior  class  could  come  out 
holding  signs  they  had  made 
Each  sign  would  have  written 
on  it  a  different  form  of  prayer 
like  adoration,  thanksgiving, 
confession,  petition,  interces- 
sion, and  dedication.  The 
children  could  explain  each 
kind  of  prayer  and  then  give  an 
example  of  it. 

For  a  lesson  on  the  story  of 
the  prodigal  son,  the  senior 
high  class  could  use  role  play-j 
ing  to  act  it  out.  One  person' 
could  be  the  prodigal,  another! 
the  elder  son,  and  others  could1 
be  the  friends  of  the  prodigal.  It' 
could  be  rehearsed.  It  could  be 
used  as  a  discussion  starter  in1 
the  classes. 

For  a  lesson  on  one  of  the 
psalms  like  Psalm  103,  the 
young  adult  class,  in  coopera- 
tion with  the  church  musicians,1 
could  prepare  and  perform  a1 
medley  of  the  hymns  inspired' 
by  this  great  psalm.  It  could  be1 
a  moving  introduction  to  any 
psalm.  After  all,  the  psalms  are 
for  singing  more  than  for 
analyzing. 

You  will  find  that  this  idea 
will  have  numerous  benefits.  It! 
helps  create  a  deeper 
fellowship  among  the  class! 
members  as  they  work  together! 
to  plan  their  programs.  It 
fosters  the  use  of  the  imagina- 
tion and  stimulates  creativity. 
It  is  educational.  Everyone: 
learns  through  the  planning 
and  performing. 


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OUR  RESPONSIBILITY 


EE    WILL  BAPTIST 


CHILDREN'S  HOME 

ESTAB  1920 


Reflecting  upon  the  many  opportunities  of  service  that  God  has 
jranted  to  us  makes  us  aware  that  with  the  opportunity  comes  the 
*esponsibility  to  see  that  we  do  our  very  best  and  give  our  very 
jest.  We  live  in  a  world  that  often  seems  so  complex.  "Complexity" 
s  a  word  often  used  to  describe  our  social  and  work  environments. 
\nd  all  of  us,  through  our  personal  experience  or  our  professional 
nvolvement,  are  aware  of  pressures  felt  by  the  family  group  in 
'esponse  to  increasing  demands— demands  stemming  from  rela- 
ionships  between  family  and  work,  family  and  community,  family 
ind  kin  and  family  and  friends.  These  essential,  but  intricate, 
inkages  present  a  constant  challenge  to  the  integrity  of  the  family 
init— whether  traditional  or  non-traditional.  Dealing  with  our  own 
jersonal  family  shoulders  us  with  great  responsibility  and  one  that 
s  welcomed  by  most  parents.  If  we  make  a  mistake  (and  we  do)  we 
lave  to  accept  the  responsibility  of  that  mistake  and  the  way  it  af- 
ects  our  lives. 

God  has  granted  to  us  the  opportunity  to  serve  children  through 
mr  Child  Care  Ministry.  And  with  this  opportunity  of  service, 
;omes  the  responsibility  to  do  our  very  best— and  to  give  our  very 
)est.  The  magnitude  of  this  sometimes  seems  to  be  overwhelming 
>ecause  we  are  involved  in  service  to  God's  most  precious 
•esource— His  children.  Please  pray  for  your  Child  Care  Ministry 
;ach  and  every  day.  We  realize  that  only  with  His  help  and 
guidance  can  we  fulfill  the  opportunity  and  responsibility  granted 
o  us. 


Bobby  R.  Taylor 

Executive  Director 


'PILLOW  TALK" 


No,  we're  not  talking  about  an  old  "Elvis"  movie!  We're  talk- 
ing about  growing!  Currently,  we  only  lack  filling  three  beds  before 
operating  Central  and  State  Cottages  to  full  capacity.  We  are 

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Children's  Home 

already  making  preliminary 
preparations  for  getting  Rogers 
Cottage  ready  for  use.  There 
will  be  many  needs,  both  fore- 
seen and  unforeseen.  But  we 
will  hold  true  to  our  commit- 
ment to  keep  you  informed. 

With  the  current  trend  in 
growth,  we  have  recently  in- 
ventoried our  "pillow  supply." 
Many  of  our  pillows  are  quite 
"worn,"  consequently  war- 
ranting replacement.  With  the 
prospect  of  opening  Rogers  Cot- 
tage, we  will  be  needing  addi- 
tional pillow  provisions.  Our 
assessment  came  out  to  a  need 
of  about  twenty-five  pillows 
(new  or  in  good  condition).  If 
any  church  would  like  to  help, 
we  would  suggest  sponsoring  a 
"pillow  drive."  Please  call  our 
offices  before  beginning  the 
project  so  that  there  will  be  a 
minimum  of  overlapping. 
Thank  you  again  for  your  help. 
And  you  can  depend  upon  us  to 
inform  you  of  our  needs  to  pro- 
vide a  more  complete  ministry 
for  YOUR  Children's  Home! 


INDEPENDENT  LIVING 

The  Children's  Home  has 
recently  developed  a  new  pro- 
gram, Independent  Living,  for 
adolescents  who  are  preparing 
to  live  in  the  outside  world  once 
they  leave  here.  The  basic 
goals  on  independent  training 
are  to  assist  young  adults  in 
decision-making,  becoming 
more  responsible,  and  acquir- 
ing the  needed  personal,  educa- 
tional, social,  and  vocational 
skills  for  functioning  adequate- 
ly in  everyday  life. 

Congratulations  are  in  order 
for  one  of  the  residents  par- 
ticipating in  the  independent 
living  program.  She  has  ob- 
tained her  first  permanent  job 
placement  with  Aeroquip  in 
Middlesex.  Another  resident  is 
continuing  her  education  at 
Wilson  Technical  Institute, 
studying  General  Office.  We 
are  very  proud  of  the 
girls— keep  up  the  good  work! 

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Dr.  Lall  family:  Sitting  left  to  right,  Anup  hall.  Dr.  hall,  Mrs.  Lall,  Anil  Lall; 
standing  left  to  right,  Manisha,  Risha  III,  Reena  II,  Anita. 


We  have  taken  leave  of  the  old  year,  and  we  know  that  we  are 
children  of  the  future.  Time  does  not  stand  still;  this  we  know  from 
the  past.  The  blessings  which  the  Heavenly  Father  has  so  far 
granted  unto  us,  His  own,  have  become  our  firm  possession  which 
we  guard  as  a  diadem,  always  remembering  that  we  would  not  like 
to  stand  before  the  Lord  empty-handed  when  He  comes.  All  the 
proofs  of  His  mercy  which  we  have  received  were  answers  by  our 
eternal,  kind  Father,  reassuring  us  that  He  never  forsakes  His  own. 
And  this  we  also  want  to  experience  in  the  future ! 

In  our  mind  we  glance  across  the  ocean  of  time  and  can  already 
see  yonder  shore,  where  we  have  an  eternal  home,  towards  which 
we  are  hastening.  People  in  the  world  are  confronted  with  unsolved 
problems :  this  cannot  be  said  of  the  souls  baptized  with  the  Spirit. 
Also  in  the  new  year,  our  way  is  outlined  for  us  by  the  Lord,  for  we 
are  children  of  light  and  of  day,  not  children  of  night  and  darkness. 
In  our  hands  we  hold  the  staff  of  faith,  and  our  support  is  the  Word 
of  Jesus:  "While  ye  have  light,  believe  in  the  light,  that  ye  may  be 
the  children  of  light"  (John  12:36). 

Why  should  we  be  afraid  of  the  Spirit  ruling  in  our  time?  The 
natural  creation  is  guided  by  its  Creator  with  a  sure  hand,  who  up  to 
now  saw  to  it  that  the  sun,  the  moon,  and  the  stars  systematically 
served  their  respective  purpose.  An  incontestable  order  has  also 
been  set  up  in  the  spiritual  creation  of  the  Son  of  God,  where  the 
Spirit  of  God  is  the  only  ruler,  and  where  everything  happens  ac- 
cording to  the  will  of  the  Almighty.  And  just  as  no  earthly  power 
has  up  to  now  been  able  to  remove  the  luminaries  from  the  sky, 
thus  Jesus,  the  bridegroom  of  our  souls,  whom  we  sincerely  love 
and  whom  we  follow  will  never  permit  the  merit  of  His  supreme 
sacrifice  to  be  annulled. 

The  Lord  is  and  remains  the  Pilot,  the  Finisher  of  His  plan  of 
salvation.  Even  though  we  have  often  caused  Him  concern,  He 
nevertheless  covered  up  all  our  weaknesses  and  imperfections  with 
the  full  measure  of  His  grace  and  thus  redeemed  us  from  all  the 
claims  of  the  evil  one.  On  our  banner  of  faith  will  also  in  the  new 
year  be  found  His  word :  "...  neither  shall  any  man  pluck  them  out 
of  my  hand"  (John  10:28).  Also  in  the  new  year  we  belie vingly  wait 
for  Him  to  provide  food  for  our  souls  at  the  appropriate  time. 

Dr.  E.M.  Lall 


WORLD  MISSIONS 
CONFERENCE 

The  World  Missions  Con- 
ference on  March  9,  1984, 
sponsored  by  the  Board  of 
Foreign  Missions,  on  the 
Mount  Olive  College  cam- 
pus, is  for  everyone.  The 
theme  of  the  conference  is 
"Increase  Our  Vision, 
Lord." 

This  conference  will 
benefit  every  pastor,  the 
men  and  women  of  our 
churches  and  our  youth. 
Dr.  William  Bennett,  our 
guest  speaker,  leads  a 
number  of  youth  and  Bible 
conferences  each  year.  He 
has  a  God-given  ability  to 
communicate  to  all  peo- 
ple. 

A  special  time  of  prayer 
for  the  conference  will 
begin  the  day's  activities 
at  9  a.m.  for  those  who  can 
arrive  this  early.  Coffee 
and  donuts  will  be  served 
from  9:30  to  9:55  a.m. 

The  first  seminar  with 
Dr.  Bennett  will  begin  at 
10  a.m. 

A  great  world  missions 
rally  will  be  held  in  Col- 
lege Hall  at  7:30  p.m.  Dr. 
Bennett  will  speak.  The 
van  der  Plas  Family  will 
be  commissioned.  Phil 
Shepard,  vice  president 
of  the  State  Youth  Conven- 
tion, will  share  a 
testimony.  Phil  has  ap- 
plied with  the  Board  as  a 
summer  missionary  to  the 
Philippines. 

Let's  fill  College  Hall  for 
this  rally.  This  mission 
conference  is  a  must  for 
every  Free  Will  Baptist. 
Be  sure  to  attend.  You'll 
be  glad  you  did! 

There  will  not  be  a  registration 
fee  for  the  conference.  An  offer- 
ing will  be  received  during  the 
rally  in  College  Hall  to  cover  the 
expenses  of  the  conference.  All 
funds  received  above  the  con- 
ference expenses  will  be  applied 
toward  the  air  fare  for  the  van 
der  Plas  Family's  trip  to  the 
Philippines. 


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Sunday  School  Lesson 


For  January  22 

TURN  TO  THE  LORD 

Lesson  Text:  Isaiah  31:1-7 
Memory  Verse :  Isaiah  30 : 15 

When  the  term  antichrist  is 
mentioned,  of  what  do  you 
think?  Naturally,  it  suggests 
that  which  is  opposed  to  Christ, 
and  anyone  or  anything  in  op- 
position to  Him  might  be  so 
designated.  In  this  sense  John 
tells  us  that  there  are  "many 
antichrists"  (1  John  2:18).  Sur- 
prisingly, to  some,  the  term  an- 
tichrist does  not  appear  in  the 
Book  of  Revelation,  but  the  con- 
sept  behind  it  is  there  in  the 
struggle  between  the  forces  of 
jood  and  the  forces  of  evil.  In 
Revelation  some  see  the 
Roman  Empire,  in  its  terrible 
Dersecution  of  Christians,  as 
jvidence  of  the  antichrist.  And 
iown  through  history,  various 
)ther  powers  of  evil  that  have 
ihreatened  the  church  have 
jeen  so  identified. 

If  you  were  asked,  "What  is 
;he  greatest  evil  confronting 
;he  world  and  the  church  to- 
iay?"  what  would  you  answer? 
^o  doubt  many  would  say  that 
I  is  the  rise  of  atheistic  com- 
nunism,  Satanic  in  its  power. 
\nd  some  do  think  of  the 
•egime  in  Russia  in  terms  of 
he  antichrist.  Here  is  a  power- 
ul  government  diametrically 
>pposed  to  the  Christian  ideal, 
•esting  directly  on  violence, 
ind  unrestricted  by  any  con- 
;epts  of  moral  absolutes.  Her 
eaders  assume  for  themselves 
he  prerogatives  of  God,  so  it 
>ecomes  necessary  for  them  to 
leny  that  God  exists.  To  admit 
hat  there  is  a  God  would  be  to 
imit  their  own  authority,  and 
his  they  will  not  do.  The 
eaders  are  supreme.  The 
itizens  are  accounted  only  as 
:attle,  to  be  driven  or  to  be 
lacrificed  as  the  State  dictates. 

There  is  no  question  that  such 
i  system  is  antichrist,  opposed 
o  the  Christian  ideal  in  which 


every  person  is  equal  under 
God  and  is  to  be  respected  as  an 
individual.  But  how  do  we  meet 
the  threat  that  communism 
poses,  or  any  other  threat  of 
evil?  And  how  do  we  hope  to 
overcome  it?  If  at  the  close  of 
our  study  we  are  able  to  answer 
this  question  in  the  light  of  our 
Scripture,  then  we  will  have 
grasped  the  basic  truth  that 
Isaiah  would  have  us  know. 

At  the  time  of  our  lesson 
there  were  two  world 
powers— Assyria  and  Egypt— 
vying  for  control  of  the  Middle 
East,  and  Palestine  was 
situated  between  the  two. 
Assyria  was  the  dominant 
power,  and  from  Nineveh  her 
mighty  armies  spread  out 
southward,  to  keep  Babylon  in 
subjection,  and  westward.  It  is 
understandable  that  Judah, 
small  as  she  was,  would  be 
greatly  alarmed  whenever  the 
war  chariots  of  such  a  foe 
began  to  roll.  The  all-important 
question  of  what  to  do  had  to  be 
asked  over  and  over  again. 
Against  the  advice  of  the 
prophets,  the  usual  procedure 
was  to  seek  an  alliance  with 
other  kingdoms  against  the  cur- 
rent enemy.  It  may  be  that  the 
prophets  considered  such 
alliances  to  be  bad  politics.  But 
specifically  they  recognized 
that  to  trust  in  the  might  of 
foreign  powers  was  a  rejection 
of  God's  will  and  of  God's  help. 
It  was  evidence  of  a  lack  of 
faith. 

The  Assyrians  had  captured 
Samaria,  the  capital  of  Israel, 
in  721  B.C.,  after  a  seige  of 
three  years  (2  Kings  17:5,  6). 
After  some  years  of  Assyrian 
domination,  Hezekiah,  king  of 
Judah,  "rebelled  against  the 
king  of  Assyria,  and  served  him 
not"  (2  Kings  18:7).  Basically  a 
good  king  who  put  his  trust  in 
God,  Hezekiah  probably  was 
overly  influenced  by  the  strong 
pro-Egyptian  party  in  Jeru- 
salem. In  any  case,  he  sent  an 
embassy  to  Egypt  seeking  help 
from  that  source. 


On  one  occasion,  when  Jesus 
said  to  His  disciples,  "Will  ye 
also  go  away?"  the  Apostle 
Peter  replied,  "Lord,  to  whom 
shall  we  go?  thou  hast  the 
words  of  eternal  life"  (John 
6:67).  Before  we  have 
squandered  our  religious 
heritage  completely,  we  should 
be  concerned  that  every  soul  in 
the  land  be  challenged  to  turn 
to  God.  What  after  all,  is  the 
alternative?  He  alone  is  the  liv- 
ing God.  To  whom  or  to  what 
else  can  we  go?  The  folly  of 
idolatry  is  no  less  today  than  it 
was  twenty-seven  hundred 
years  ago.  In  our  own  day  we 
see  the  depraved  results  when 
godlessness  is  substituted  for 
reverence  for  God  and 
righteousness  in  the  land.  The 
ages  of  history  have  demon- 
strated that  "righteousness  ex- 
alteth  a  nation"  and  "sin 
is  a  reproach  to  any  people" 
(Proverbs  14:34).  Whatever 
problems  confront  us,  we  can 
best  meet  them  by  doing 
everything  we  can  to  turn  peo- 
ple to  the  Lord.— Standard 
Lesson  Commentary 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 


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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
JANUARY 


22 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  14-16 

THAT  HE  MIGHT 
HAVE  THE  PRE-EMINENCE 

Years  ago,  there  lived  in  Switzerland  a  great 
schoolmaster  whose  name  was  Pestalozzi.  He 
was  held  in  highest  esteem  and  greatly  loved, 
especially  by  the  children  who  came  under  his 
character-molding  influence. 

At  his  death,  it  was  generally  felt  that  a 
monument,  commemorative  of  his  life  of  selfless 
service,  should  be  erected,  though  the 
schoolmaster  had  erected  an  enduring  memorial 
in  the  hearts  of  others. 

The  monument  was  erected.  The  day  for  its 
unveiling  came.  The  sculptor  had  succeeded  so 
well  in  reproducing  the  likeness  of  the 
schoolmaster  that  all  looked  upon  the  statue  with 
hushed  reverence  and  admiration.  The  teacher 
was  shown  looking  down  upon  the  kneeling  form 
of  a  little  child  whose  uplifted  gaze  focused  upon 
the  face  of  the  teacher. 

Though  the  statue  was  a  wonderful  work  of 
art,  the  schoolmaster's  most  intimate  friends 
felt  that  the  sculptor  had  failed  to  represent  the 
dominant  desire  of  the  pedagogue— not  to  have 
those  he  taught  to  look  with  wonderment  upon 
him,  but  to  look  upward  to  the  challenging 
heights  of  goals  as  yet  unattained,  and  to  God. 

So  a  change  was  made.  At  the  second  unveil- 
ing all  were  pleased  to  see  a  kneeling  child,  look- 
ing, not  at  the  face  of  the  teacher,  but  to  the 
beckoning  beyond. 


Any  Sunday  school  teacher  and  preacher  is 
an  eminent  success  who  so  exalts  Christ  that  all 
will  see  the  One  whose  worthiness  is  extolled  and 
whose  praise  ceaselessly  sung  in  glory — "that  in 
all  things  he  might  have  the  pre-eminence! " 


MONDAY, 
JANUARY 


23 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  17-19 

THE  MYSTERIOUS  VISITOR 
'Twas  just  before  Christmas.  A  pastor  sat  in 
his  study  meditating  upon  the  words,  "The 
knowledge  of  Christ  Jesus  my  Lord."  Looking 
out  the  window,  he  saw  people  scurrying  hither, 
thither  and  yon,  like  ants  disturbed  on  an  anthill. 
He  asked  himself,  "What  knowledge  of  Christ  do 
these  hurrying  people  have?  What  knowledge  of 
Him  do  the  people  to  whom  I  preach  have?  What 
are  their  innermost  attitudes  toward  Him?"  As 
he  pondered  these  searching  questions,  he 
seemed  to  see  in  vision  a  caller  who  asked, 


"Shall  I  tell  you  what  Christ  means  to  your  peo- 
ple?" The  caller  spoke  calmly  and  solemnly. 
"Can  you?"  asked  the  pastor;  "and  how  did  you 
know  what  I  was  thinking  about?" 

The  caller  began,  "Some  of  your  people 
think  of  Christ  as  they  would  think  of  a  generous 
rich  uncle.  Ceaselessly  they  ask  Him  for  things.! 
Others  think  of  Him  as  a  great  teacher.  They  arej 
stimulated  intellectually  to  hear  learned 
discourses  about  Him.  Some  think  of  Him  as  an 
errand  boy  whom  they  flippantly  order  to  help 
them." 

"Oh,  mysterious  caller,  is  this  an  accurate 
picture  of  my  people?"  asked  the  minister. 

"Yes,"  said  the  caller  sadly  but  firmly.  Then 
he  concluded,  "But  to  some  He  is  an  ever- 
present,  never-failing  friend  and  confidant!  Toi 
some,  He  is  the  Fairest  among  ten  thousands  and 
the  altogether  lovely  One!"  As  the  caller  said( 
this,  he  receded  and  vanished,  disappearing  as 
mysteriously  as  he  had  appeared. 

"Was  I  asleep?"  asked  the  startled  pastor,! 
"or  has  an  angel  visited  me,  or  has  Christ: 
himself  been  here?" 


Lord,  of  the  years  that  are  left  to  me, 

I  give  them  to  Thy  hand, 
Take  me  and  break  me  and  mould  me, 

To  the  pattern  Thou  hast  planned! 


TUESDAY, 
JANUARY 


2\ 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  20-22 

THE  CHRISTIAN'S  HORIZON 
What  do  I  see  as  I  look  back? 
Millions  of  mercies  along  life's  track; 
God's  love  shining  where  all  was  black; 
That's  what  I  see, 
Looking  back. 

What  do  I  see  as  I  look  within? 
A  heart  by  my  Saviour  redeemed  from  sin; 
A  hope,  through  His  grace,  Heaven's  joys  to  win; 
That's  what  I  see, 
Looking  in. 

What  do  I  see,  looking  forth  today? 
Blessings  granted  before  I  pray; 
A  sheltering  arm,  a  guiding  ray; 
This  do  I  see, 
Today. 

What  do  I  see  as  I  look  on? 
Burdens  lifted  and  trials  gone; 
A  light  at  even,  surpassing  dawn; 
That's  what  I  see, 
Looking  on. 


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What  do  I  see  as  I  look  above? 
God's  own  banner,  whose  name  is  Love: 
Love  unspeakable,  wonderful  love; 
That's  what  I  see, 
Above! 


WEDNESDAY, 
FANUARY 


25 


cripture  Reading— Exodus  23-25 

BE  WHAT  GOD  WANTS  YOU  TO  BE 

A  little  boy  rather  thoughtlessly  said,  "Mom- 
nie,  I  am  going  to  be  a  preacher  when  I  am 
iig! "  The  mother  was  elated.  Frequently  during 
is  boyhood  days  the  mother  would  proudly  say, 
'My  boy  is  going  to  be  a  preacher! " 

How  much  better  it  would  have  been  if  the 
nother  had  said,  "My  boy  is  going  to  be  what 
Jod  wants  him  to  be." 

In  time  the  boy  entered  a  theological 
eminary.  Some  months  later,  he  came  into  the 
ffice  of  the  dean,  a  picture  of  defeat  and  dejec- 
ion.  "I'm  a  total  misfit  here.  I  have  no  interest 
i  going  further  with  my  studies.  God  hasn't 
ailed  me  to  be  a  preacher!"  The  heart  of  the 
lean  went  out  in  sympathy  to  the  young  man.  He 
:new  that  he,  like  many  others,  had  been 
iressurized  into  the  ministry  where  God  had 
tever  intended  him  to  be. 


To  know  the  will  of  God  is  the  greatest 
nowledge.  To  do  the  will  of  God  is  the  greatest 
chievement. 


FHURSDAY, 
FANUARY 


26 


cripture  Reading— Exodus  26-28 

MY  JESUS  AS  THOU  WILT! 
How  variable  are  the  ambitions  of  growing 
toys!  A  minister's  little  boy  said,  "I'm  going  to 
ie  a  streetcar  conductor."  Later  he  said,  "I'm 
joing  to  be  an  engineer."  Still  later  he  said,  "I'm 
;oing  to  be  a  ball  player."  One  day  he  saw  the 
;arbage  collector  dumping  garbage  into  a  big 
ruck.  He  was  fascinated  and  said,  "I'm  going  to 
•e  a  garbage  collector! "  His  daddy  was  wise.  He 
aid  to  the  boy,  "My  boy,  you  must  be  what  God 
/ants  you  to  be.  God  needs  ministers  and  mis- 
ionaries.  He  also  needs  Christian  school 
eachers,  Christian  nurses,  Christian  doctors, 
Christian  judges  and  lawyers,  and  Christian 
tusinessmen.  God  has  a  plan  for  your  life.  Ask 
lim,  'Lord,  what  wilt  thou  have  me  to  do?'  " 


Thou,  God,  each  day  help  me  to  find 
The  work  that  Thou  wouldst  have  me  do. 
Keep  me  from  sullenness  of  mind, 
Grant  unto  me  good  thoughts  and  true. 


And  if  Thy  will  be  not  my  choice, 
Some  duty  I  would  rather  shun, 
Then  teach  me  to  sincerely  voice, 
"Thou  art  my  God,  Thy  will  be  done.  " 
And  grant  me  vision  enough  to  see 
Within  the  task  Thy  plan  for  me. 

FRIDAY,  07 
JANUARY 

Scripture  Reading  — Exodus  29-31 
STORM 

God  washed  the  world  last  night 
With  sweet,  refreshing  rain ; 

And  thirsty  earth  reached  up  to  drink 
Of  that  life-giving  gain. 

God  washed  my  heart  last  night 
With  tears,  both  bitter,  sweet; 

He  probed  in  hidden  corners,  dark 
And  washed  it  clear,  complete. 

"My  child,"  His  voice  spoke  sweet  and  low, 
"This  storm  came  as  a  grace; 

Lean  hard  upon  my  breast,  dear  one, 
And  look  into  my  face." 

Completely  spent,  I  looked  and  prayed, 

"Dear  Father,  be  it  Thine, 
To  mold  and  make  me  as  Thou  wilt, 

Thy  will  forever  mine." 


True  devotion  to  God  consists  in  doing  all  His 
will  precisely  at  the  time,  in  the  situation,  and 
under  the  circumstances  in  which  He  has  placed 
us. 


SATURDAY,  28 
JANUARY 


Scripture  Reading  — Exodus  32-34 

HIS  PLAN  FOR  ME 
When  I  stand  at  the  judgment  seat  of  Christ, 
And  He  shows  me  His  plan  for  me, 
The  plan  of  my  life  as  it  might  have  been 
Had  He  had  His  way,  and  I  see 

How  I  blocked  Him  here,  and  I  checked  Him 
there 

And  I  would  not  yield  my  will— 

Will  there  be  grief  in  my  Saviour's  eyes, 

Grief,  though  He  loves  me  still? 


Lord  of  the  years  that  are  left  to  me, 
I  give  them  to  Thy  hand; 
Take  me  and  break  me,  mold  me  to 
The  pattern  Thou  hast  planned. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


FHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


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MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  12) 
In  Honor  of  Mildred  W.  Pelt  1 

By  the  Rev.  Chester  H.  Pelt,  Marianna,  FL 
Mr.  Eddie  Bowen,  Ayden  1 
In  Honor  of  Bob  Fussell  1 
By  Moseley's  Creek  Woman's  Auxiliary, 
Dover 

In  Memory  of  Mrs.  H.  S.  Tolan  1 

By  Belhaven  Church,  Belhaven 
In  Memory  of  Dollie  Susan  Quinn  1 

By  Dr.  Clifton  L.  Quinn,  Raleigh 
In  Memory  of  Viola  Barrow  Turnage  1 

By  Mrs.  Helen  T.  Beaman,  Snow  Hill 
Mrs.  Mary  P.  Thigpen,  Beulaville  1 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  A.  Graham  Lane  1 

By  New  Bethlehem  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Grants- 
boro 

In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Bertha  Thompson  1 

By  Oriental  Church,  Oriental 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Edith  Kemp  1 

By  Oriental  Church,  Oriental 
Third  Eastern  District  Youth  Fellowship  1 
Powhatan  Church,  Clayton  6 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Alfred  W.  Massengill  1 

By  Bethel  Sunday  School,  Four  Oaks 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  S.  Woodrow  McCoy  1 

By  Scott  and  Shearin  McCoy,  Cove  City 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Edith  H.  McCoy  1 

By  Scott  and  Shearin  McCoy,  Cove  City 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ivery  Daughtry,  Smithfield  2 
Kings  Cross  Roads  Laymen's  League,  Farmville  2 
Beaverdam  Church  and  Sunday  School,  Whitevile  10 
In  Memory  of  James  Atlas  Pittman  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Charles  A.  Pittman,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  Clifton  Ferrell  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Charles  A.  Pittman,  Kenly 
Sound  Side  Laymen's  League,  Columbia  1 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  David  T.  Ricks  2 

By  Peace  Church,  Pinetops 
Willing  Workers  Sunday  School  Class  of  Winter- 

ville  Church  1 
Deep  Run  Church,  Deep  Run  9 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  Kirby,  Fremont  1 
In  Honor  of  John  and  Arlinda  Williams  2 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  T.  Wilson,  Vanceboro 
In  Memory  of  Joey  Wilson  1 

By  Mrs.  Essie  T.  Huggins,  Wendell 
Mrs.  Virginia  Hayes,  Wilson  1 
Mrs.  Bessie  Lamm,  Wilson  1 
Wintergreen  Church,  Cove  City  4 
Memorial  Church,  Chocowinity  4 
In  Memory  of  Ray  Willis  1 

By  Family  and  Friends,  Davis  Church,  Davis 
In  Honor  of  Nora  Mae  Coats  1 

By  the  Rev.  C.  M.  Coats,  Smithfield 
Spring  Hill  Church,  Goldsboro  2 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Alma  S.  Dale  1 

By  Spring  Hill  Church,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  Borden  Howell  1 

By  Spring  Hill  Church,  Goldsboro 
In  Memory  of  Bayard  H.  Woodard  1 

By  Spring  Hill  Church,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  W.  L.  Dale  1 

By  Spring  Hill  Auxiliary,  Goldsboro 
The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  William  L.  Dale,  Goldsboro  2 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Dianne  R.  Riley  1 

By  Mr.  Gibson  Riley,  New  Bern 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  Dennis  Riley  1 

By  Mr.  Gibson  Riley,  New  Bern 
Mr.  Gibson  Riley,  New  Bern  1 

Pine  Level  YFA,  Pine  Level   2 

Totals  (January  4  through  9)  137 


50 

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50 


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300 
50 

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100 
500 
50 

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50 
100 

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200 
50 

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100 


MOTHER  JANE  WARREN 

(Continued  from  Page  6)  J 
of  preachers.  She  helped  in  an$ 
way  she  could  financially  or 
personally.  She  loved  people, 
flowers  and  our  Saviour.  She 
had  a  green  thumb  and  grew 
lovely  flowers,  which  she 
shared  with  the  sick  and  placed 
her  beautiful  arrangements  in 
our  church  for  all  to  enjoy. 

We  tried  in  our  humble  way 
to  honor  her  and  show  her  how 
much  we  appreciated  her.  Her 
family  honored  her  and  Daddy  I 
Marshall   for   their  Golden 
Wedding,  which  was  beautiful'l 
and  greatly  attended.  Then  we 
chose  her  for  "Mother  of  thejl 
Year"  in  1970  and  presented: 
her  a  gift  and  corsage.  Shell 
served  as  church  clerk  for  thir- 
teen years,  1945-1958.  She  was;! 
honored  with  a  gift  for  heri 
dedicated  services.  We  selected! 
her  "First  Lady  of  our  Aux- 
iliary" and  honored  her  with 
flowers  and  a  pin  in  1980. 

She  lived  such  a  beautiful  and 
useful  life.  She  was  the  virtuous 
woman  as  commended  in  the 
Bible. 

Our  precious  memories  of 
her  are  the  rich  legacy  she  be 
queathed  us.  Mother  Jane  was, 
truly  a  special  lady.  We  all 
thank  God  for  her  beautiful  life. 

Submitted  by, 
Mrs.  Idell  Herring 

NEWS  AND  NOTES 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 

Central  District 
Youth  to  Meet 

The  Central  District  Youth; 
Convention  will  be  held, 
January  21,  7:30  p.m.,  at; 
Hickory  Grove  Church  near 
Bethel.  All  children  who  are  tti 
enter  the  Talent  Contest  are  to 
be  prepared  to  perform  at  thisj 
time.  Each  church  is  limited  to! 
2  or  3  entries  with  a  time  limit 
of  2-3  minutes  each. 


$6,850 


CHANGE  OF  ADDRESS 
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change  of  address.  It  is  Route  ffl 
Box  263,  Elm  City,  North 
Carolina  27822.  His  phone 
number  is  236-3406. 


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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   6 

Foreign  Missions   7 

Children's  Home   8 

Mount  Olive  College  10 

Family  Devotions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  14 

6  Steps  to  Effective  Disciple  Making  .  4 

The  Church  Looks  at  Divorce   5 

The  Book  Corner  13 

Volume  99  Number  4 

January  25,  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 


Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
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Editorial  ■HHHHHi 

Perfection — Not  the  Case  > 

None  of  us  would  challenge  the  fact  that  John  the  Baptist 
was  sent  by  God.  We  know  he  was  not  a  superman,  a 
supraman,  nor  was  he  a  semidivine  man;  this  forerunner  of 
Christ  was  not  "99  and  44/100  pure,"  either.  John  didn't  abide 
by  custom  and  he  caused  such  a  stir  among  those  within  the 
"religious"  community  that  he  lost  his  head.  But  he  was  the 
divinely  chosen  man  who  baptized  our  Lord. 

The  man  who  stands  behind  the  pulpit  today  usually  does 
not  receive  such  acceptance.  By  the  very  nature  of  his  job,  he 
must  always  be  above  reproach,  spiritual,  courteous,  and 
diplomatic.  While  others  may  make  thoughtless  comments 
freely,  he  must  never  be  critical. 

We  have  all  heard  it  time  and  time  again:  "I  wouldn't  be  a 
preacher  if  you  paid  me  a  million  dollars!"  Some  who  com- 
ment thus  are  very  much  at  odds  with  themselves,  their  jobs, 
I  their  families ;  they  are  always  looking  for  trouble  and  when 
they  can't  find  it,  they  make  it.  These  people  pick,  pout, 
criticize,  blow  out  of  proportion  everything.  The  majority  of 
their  time  is  spent  trying  to  influence  anyone  who  will  pay 
!  them  any  mind.  Of  course,  these  individuals  would  not  be 
ministers— they  couldn't  stand  members  like  themselves. 

Then  there  are  those  who  generally  sympathize  with  the 
minister.  Many  of  them  do  not  get  involved  in  the  work  of  the 
ministry;  where  they  could  help,  they  do  not.  They  attend  Sun- 
day morning  worship— if  they  do  not  have  anything  else 
planned. 

Yes,  thank  the  Lord,  there  are  those  who  say,  "I  don't 
know  how  you  do  it.  I  couldn't  do  what  you  do  or  take  what  you 
have  to  take."  These  people  stand  by,  ready  to  help  at  all 
times.  They  will  do  anything  that  needs  to  be  done.  The  word 
no  is  not  in  their  vocabulary  when  it  comes  to  being  asked  to 
|  help.  These  are  the  members  of  the  congregation  who  give  a 
sense  of  dignity  and  worth  to  the  minister. 

Sure,  ministers  are  human,  but  they  have  to  have  a  sense 
of  the  divine  sometimes  to  survive.  Think  about  it:  What  can  a 
minister  say  to  the  person  who  says,  "I'll  never  step  foot  in- 
side that  church  again  until  you  apologize  to  me  personally," 
especially  when  that  person  refuses  to  tell  the  minister  what  | 
he  has  done?  How  does  he  cope  with  a  "disturbed"  woman 
who  periodically  determines  it  her  responsibility  to 
"straighten  him  out"  and  then  proceeds  to  tell  him  all  she 
thinks  is  wrong  with  him  and  the  church?  Can  he  ignore 
someone  who  does  all  within  his  means  to  convince  others  that 
"this  is  not  what  ought  to  be  done  in  my  church?" 

When  a  congregation  chooses  a  pastor,  expectations  run 
high  on  both  sides.  The  church  expects  the  minister  to  be  a 
wise  spiritual  leader,  one  who  can  "minister"  to  their  needs. 
The  pastor  also  has  his  expectations.  He  is  confident  that  he 
will  profit  as  a  result  of  his  past  ministries;  new  goals  will 
surely  be  achieved.  But  it  doesn't  take  long  for  the  "honey- 
moon" to  end:  both  parties  discover  imperfections  in  their 
partners.  Whereas  the  minister  is  not  perfect  and  proves  to 
lack  expertise  in  some  areas,  the  members  of  the  congrega- 
tion are  weak  and  need  to  mature  in  Christ. 


Perhaps  the  minister  is  more  realistic  than  the  members 
of  the  congregation.  He  knows  there  are  no  perfect  churches; 
and  if  there  were,  he  could  not  pastor  them. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISr 


LETTER  TO  A 
PULPIT  COMMITTEE 

by  Frank  R.  Harrison,  Chaplain,  Mount  Olive  College 

The  pulpit  committee  of  the  First  Church  in  Athens  met  to  review  the  pile  of  letters  from  can- 
idates  and  were  at  a  loss  as  to  the  choice  of  a  pastor.  Many  of  the  letters  were  from  men  who  were  ex- 
erienced  and  very  capable  as  well  as  knowledgeable,  representing  a  very  wide  range  of  age  and  ex- 
erience. 

As  the  committee  proceeded  through  the  pile  of  letters,  discussing  the  candidates  in  careful  detail, 
rie  letter  stumped  and  amused  the  committee  members.  It  read  as  follows: 


"Dear  Brethren: 

I  have  heard  of  your  search  for  a  pastor  and  would  like  to  be 
considered  if  you  feel  it  to  be  the  Lord's  will.  I  have  been 
blessed  by  God  with  the  power  to  preach  what  I  perceive  to  be 
the  truth  about  God  and  His  Son  Jesus  Christ  who  died  for  our 
sins.  As  you  well  know,  this  is  not  always  the  most  popular 
theme  for  preaching  according  to  some  people.  Accordingly,  I 
have  been  asked  to  leave  certain  places  because  my  preaching 
resulted  in  some  great  controversies,  and  on  occasion,  a  few 
riots.  Some  religious  leaders  have  accused  me  of  heresy  and 
favoring  Gentiles. 

My  health  is  not  too  good  now,  and  I  am  a  little  over  fifty 
years  in  age.  However,  I  have  some  organizational  experience, 
and  have  on  occasion  done  a  little  writing.  My  records  are  not 
always  as  neat  as  I  would  like  for  them  to  be. 

Oh  yes,  speaking  of  records,  I  might  as  well  tell  you  that  my 
stay  in  any  one  place  does  not  much  exceed  three  years.  Again,  I 
seem  to  have  trouble  getting  along  with  some  of  the  religious 
leaders  in  some  communities.  They  say  I  win  too  many  of  their 
people  to  my  faith  and  belief  in  God. 

The  other  thing  I  might  mention  in  case  someone  raises 
any  questions  is  that  I  do  have  a  prison  record.  There  is  not 
much  I  can  say  about  that,  except  to  say  that  God  called  me  to 
preach  the  marvelous  truth  that  He  gave  His  Son  to  come  to  this 
world,  that  He  died  on  a  cross  for  our  sins,  and  God  raised  Him 
from  the  dead.  He  is  now  preparing  a  place  in  Heaven  for  all  who 
will  believe  in  Him  to  live  with  Him  eternally.  This  really  is  truth 
that  I  preach,  but  you  know  how  some  people  are  about  their 
beliefs  and  traditions!  Some  even  think  I'm  a  little  bit  radical, 
and  some  have  gone  so  far  as  to  say  I  am  even  foolish  to  believe 
what  I  preach.  Yet,  I  must  say  that  the  preaching  of  the  Cross  to 
them  that  perish  must  seem  like  foolishness;  but  to  us  which 
are  saved  it  is  the  power  of  God.  And,  to  them  which  are  called, 
both  Jews  and  Greeks,  Christ  is  the  power  of  God,  and  the 
wisdom  of  God,  and  it  pleases  God  by  the  foolishness  of 
preaching  to  save  them  that  believe. 

Well,  I  didn't  mean  to  write  so  long  a  letter  to  you,  but  I 
wanted  you  to  know  a  little  about  me  before  you  make  your  deci- 
sion. If  you  decide  I  can  be  of  help  to  you,  I  will  try  to  do  my  best. 

Thank  you  for  the  opportunity  to  share  with  you. 

Sincerely, 

^BMMh^^^^  Paul  (formerly  known  as  Saul) 

With  a  chuckle,  the  committee  laid  the  letter  aside,  wondering  what  in  the  world  would 
•rompt  such  a  man  to  apply  for  the  position  of  pastor  of  the  First  Church  in  Athens. 


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6  STEPS  TO  EFFECTIVE 
DISCIPLE  MAKING 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  5199, 
Jackson,  Mississippi  39216. ) 

Part  3 


In  1  Corinthians  Paul  outlines 
a  summary  of  the  kerygma, 
and  then  comments,  "Whether, 
then,  it  is  I  or  they  (Peter, 
James,  John,  and  the  rest), 
this  is  what  we  all  proclaim." 
The  basic  elements  of  the 
kerygma — the  message— were 
proclaimed  with  the  goal  of  per- 
suading the  hearers  to  repen- 
tance, faith  and  baptism. 

The  motivation — love. 
Christ's  entire  life  and  ministry 
were  a  personification  of 
God's  unconditional  love.  The 
apostles  and  Early  Church  con- 
tinued to  emphasize  this  all- 
encompassing  love.  The  rapid 
spread  of  the  gospel  must  have 
been  in  large  part  due  to  their 
desire  to  see  others  share  in 
such  extraordinary  love. 

The  method — dialogue  and 
interaction.  The  Ethiopian 
posed  questions  to  Philip  about 
the  Scripture  passages  he  was 
reading.  Paul  asked  Jesus  for  a 
confirmation  of  his  identity. 
The  Philippian  jailer  asked, 
"What  must  I  do  to  be  saved?" 
Cornelius  asked  the  angel  for 
an  explanation  of  his  vision, 
and  asked  Peter  for  an  explana- 
tion. The  woman  at  the  well 
asked  Christ  of  His  identity. 
Nicodemus,  Zacchaeus  ...  all 
interacted  and  had  the  oppor- 
tunity to  question,  discuss,  and 
consider  the  claims  of  Christ. 

The  goal — repentance /con- 
version. John  the  Baptist  called 
for  repentance.  Jesus'  teaching 
and  preaching  demanded 
repentance.  Peters'  instruc- 
tions required  repentance. 
Paul's  message  required 
repentance.  Repentance  is  an 
important  step,  from  the 
biblical  viewpoint,  in  the  con- 
version process.  Repentance 
involves  a  change  of  mind  and 
heart;  a  turning  "from."  The 

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other  side  of  repentance  is  con- 
version. It  is  a  person's  turning 
of  allegiance  to  God  in  obe- 
dience and  faith.  In  the  turning 
and  new  lordship  in  life,  God 
regenerates  and  gives  eternal 
life.  "Re-birth,"  "new  life  in 
Christ,"  "obedience  to  the 
faith,"  "hearing  the  Word  of 
the  gospel,"  "hearing  the 
Word,"  "believed,"  "believed 
and  were  baptized"  .  .  .  the 
Scripture  uses  many  terms  to 
describe  a  person  who  has 
moved  from  death  to  life,  from 
doubt  to  faith,  from  sin  to  salva- 
tion. 

The  result — baptism  and 
identification  with  the  church. 
In  the  New  Testament  the  rite 
of  incorporation  into  the  Body 
was  baptism.  Baptism  was  a 
crucial  part  of  becoming  a 
Christian.  "In  fact,"  observes 
Smalley  in  Conversion  in  the 
New  Testament,  "the  New 
Testament  knows  nothing  of 
coming  into  the  body  by  faith 
only.  It  was  faith  and  baptism. 
Baptism  was  the  accompany- 
ing act  of  obedience  and  confes- 
sion, and  without  baptism  a 
believer  did  not  enter  the  early 
community  of  faith." 

5.  Provide  for  a  variety  of  ex- 
posures. As  we  just  noted,  each 
church  member  should  be  able 
to  express  comfortably  the 
meaning  of  Christ  in  his/her 
own  life  to  a  non-Christian 
friend.  A  dialogue  between  two 
friends  on  the  subject  of  the 
church  and  Christianity  would 
include  sharing  one's  personal 
experience  on  the  subject. 
There  is  an  important  credibili- 
ty in  such  sharing  between  two 
respected  friends. 

At  the  same  time,  as  you  plan 
ways  to  communicate  God's 
love  to  the  members  of  your 
Extended  Family,  realize  that 


there  are  additional  ways  | 
communicate  the  message  ./I 
perhaps  more  persuasive^ 
The     pastor,     a  specil 
evangelistic   film,    a  guej 
teacher  or  speaker,  or  a  chur| 
member   with   the   gift  I 
evangelism  may  be  able 
present  the  gospel  in  a  mo 
compelling  way  than  you.  A 
tually,  most  people  who  end  ij 
as   active   Christians  a] 
responsible  church  membe 
have  heard  the  gospel  mo 
than  once  from  more  than  o 
source  prior  to  making  th<! 
decision  for  Christ.  One  pjj 
ticular  research  study  fouil 
that  those  who  were  vital  Chr  a 
tians    and   active  churd 
members  had  heard  the  gosp 
presented  an  average  of  5.8  § 
ferent  times  before  they  ma| 
their  Christian  commitmeii 
This  fairly  high  number  of  a 
posures  to  the  gospel  among  tjj 
group  of  active  Christians  wi 
in  sharp  contrast  to  the  numb! 
of  times  the  gospel  was  hea 
among  people  who  made  a  dej 
sion  but  soon  became  inactiMl 
On   the   average,  chur^i 
dropouts  heard  the  gospel  orj 
twice  prior  to  their  decision. 

This  leads  to  some  importat 
implications  about  cor- 
municating  the  good  news  I 
your  Extended  Family  meii 
bers.  People  who  eventual! 
come  to  Christ  and  become  as 
tive  members  of  your  churl 
need  to  have  enough  exposuri 
of  the  gospel  (and  the  implic* 
tions  of  their  life-changing  den 
sion)  to  feel  they  are  making i 
reasonable  decision— one  thl 
can  live  with  in  the  months  ail 
years  ahead. 

Church  growth  researi 
shows  that  the  person  wH 
makes  a  Christian  decision  I 
the  spur  of  the  momet 
(perhaps  at  the  conclusion  of  js 
emotional  public  meeting  orji 
high-pressure  "manipulativ|: 
presentation)  is  not  likely  |a 
continue  as  an  active  discipl. 
There  is  much  more  hope  it 
the  person  who  has  had  it 

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THE  CHURCH 
LOOKS  AT  DIVORCE 

by  De  Wayne  Eakes 
Part  3 


Divorce  is  an  expression  of  sin  in  that  the 
>artners  have  failed  to  attain  the  ideal.  But 
neither  divorce  nor  adultery  is  an  un- 
orgiveable  sin.  We  as  the  church  need  to  be 
orgiving  and  loving  and  be  guided  by  Christian 
)rinciples.  (I  do  agree  that  divorce  is  too  much 
lsed  and  is  used  as  an  "easy  way  out"  for  too 
nany— it  is  another  way  many  in  our  society 
ivoid  self-discipline  and  hard  work  in  order  to 
each  a  desired  goal). 

[V.  What  Can  the  Church/Minister  Do? 

What  can  you  as  an  individual  Christian 
jossibly  do  to  help  someone  who  has  just  gone 
ihrough  the  trauma  of  divorce  or  who  is  in  the 
jrocess  of  legal  separation  and  divorce?  You 
nust  realize  where  they  are  coming  from  and 
vhat  your  real  feelings  are. 

The  divorced  person  may  be  depressed 
swallowed  anger)  feeling  all  life  is  temporari- 
y  meaningless.  They  may  feel  fear  of  the 
'uture,  hostile,  lonely,  rejected,  guilty,  bitter  or 
simply  unable  to  deal  with  life's  simplest  prob- 
ems  and  decisions.  If  you  ask  a  friend  in  this 
situation/ crisis  how  they  feel,  they  may  say 
'Fine!"  This  may  be  because  they  are  afraid 
3f  your  rejection  if  they  share  their  real  feel- 
ings with  you.  You  need  to  realize  that  the 
separation/ divorce  of  someone  whose  marriage 
fou  thought  was  solid  is  a  threat  to  your  own 
narriage  stability,  especially  if  you  were  close 
;o  them.  You  may  begin  to  think,  "If  it  could 
lappen  to  them  it  could  happen  to  us."  You 
nay  be  disillusioned  at  one  or  both's  un- 
aithfulness.  You  are  also  curious  about  what 
hey  are  going  to  do.  Emalene  Shepherd,  in  an 
irticle  entitled  "Ministering  to  Your  Divorced 
rriends"  (Home  Life,  June  1982),  says,  "Don't 
isk  questions,  simply  listen  without  giving  ad- 
rice.  You  think  you  know  how  you'd  react  if 
rou  were  in  their  shoes,  but  don't  tell  them  so. 
rhe  break  has  to  be  made.  Let  him/her  talk 
iboutit." 

Divorce  brings  grief  with  it  just  as  death. 
Divorce  is  the  death  of  a  relationship.  Let 
iivorced/separated  persons  talk  to  you,  for 
hey  need  an  understanding  ear. 

Mel  Krantzler,  in  Creative  Divorce,  points 
>ut:  "Society  recognizes  some  kinds  of  losses. 
Blankets,  food,  and  messages  of  support  pour 
n  to  the  town  destroyed  by  a  hurricane.  The 
ivife  whose  husband  was  lost  receives  personal 


visits  from  military  personnel.  The  mother 
whose  child  dies  attends  a  funeral  ...  A 
funeral  is  society's  formal,  recognition  of  a 
significant  loss.  Society  is  saying  in  a  funeral 
'Your  grief  is  recognized.  It's  quite  proper  to 
feel  as  you  do.  Express  your  emotions.  You 
will  feel  better  for  it.'  Unfortunately,  society 
holds  out  no  such  helping  hand  to  divorced  men 
and  women  experiencing  the  loss  that  comes 
with  the  death  of  a  relationship." 

Mrs.  Shepherd  states  that  if  as  a  Christian 
friend  you  would  like  to  minister  to  divorced 
friends  you  can  become  a  pillar  of  strength  for 
them  by  doing  the  following  (she  was  a  di- 
vorcee for  nine  years  and  has  been  happily 
remarried  for  21  years) : 

1.  PRAY  for  the  person  you  care  about  and  let  that 
person  know  you  are  praying  on  his/her  behalf.  A 
religious  person  often  does  not  know  how  to  pray 
at  low  times  like  this,  especially  since  the  stigma 
of  divorce  is  still  branded  on  one's  forehead  like  a 
big  "D"  in  some  churches  (Nathaniel  Hawthorne's 
Scarlet  Letter).  If  a  person  considers  himself/ 
herself  non-religious,  they  won't  be  turned  off  by 
prayer.  They  will  gain  a  new  sense  of  self-worth, 
just  from  the  thought  that  someone  loves  them 
enough  to  pray  about  their  situation  and  believes 
in  a  Higher  Power  to  help  them. 

2.  INVITE  that  person  to  your  home  for  dessert,  a 
snack  or  a  meal.  It's  good  to  be  invited  and  wel- 
comed as  a  single  person.  Quite  often,  the  loss  of 
"couple"  status  ends  people's  social  lives. 

3.  LOVE  them  even  if  you  see  many  mistakes. 
Understanding,  patient  love  is  nourishment  to  a 
troubled  spirit. 

4.  LISTEN  attentively  without  criticism.  Negative 
thoughts  are  destructive.  (Go  easy  on  advice-giv- 
ing—you really  don't  know  what  is  best  for  the 
other  person. ) 

5.  AFFIRM  with  a  warm  tone.  It  will  restore  self- 
esteem.  Be  on  the  alert  for  ways  to  encourage  the 
troubled  person.  Have  a  positive  attitude.  It  is 
catching ! 

6.  REMEMBER  that  person  on  holidays  and  birth- 
days. A  card,  a  phone  call,  or  a  sharing  of  time  on 
these  special  days  is  an  unforgettable,  affirming 
experience. 

The  first  letter  of  each  of  these  six  words 
forms  an  acrostic.  The  word  is  pillar.  That's 
what  your  divorced  friends  need  (don't  be  a 
Bildad,  Zophar  or  Eliphaz— Job's  "com- 
forters"). No  one  likes  or  really  wants  divorce 
but  if  it  happened  to  you  wouldn't  you  like  a 
pillar  to  lean  on? 

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News  81  Notes 


Buck  Assumes  Pastorate 


CP  i\  ...^ 

The  Rev.  Stanley  Buck  Jr. 

The  Rev.  Stanley  E.  Buck  Jr. 
recently  began  his  ministry  at 
the  First  Church  of  Tarboro. 
Mr.  Buck  comes  to  Tarboro 
after  having  pastored  Juniper 
Chapel  Church  in  Vanceboro 
for  almost  five  years.  He 
received  his  license  to  preach 
in  1973,  and  became  an  or- 
dained minister  in  1976. 

His  educational  background 
includes  studying  at  Mount 
Olive  College,  Carolina  Bible 
Institute,  and  Southwestern 
College  in  Oklahoma.  He  also 
attends  the  Annual  Billy 
Graham  Association  Evang- 
elism Conference. 

Mr.  Buck  and  his  wife, 
Peggy,  have  two  children:  Lee, 
5;  and  Joshua,  3.  They  are  ex- 
pecting their  third  child  in 
April. 

There  will  be  a  reception  for 
the  new  pastor  and  his  family 
following  the  evening  service 
on  January  29. 

First  Church  of 

Williamston  to  Host  Meetings 

The  Second  District  of  the 
Central  Conference  Union 
Meeting  and  Sunday  School 
Convention  will  be  held  at  First 
Church,  Williamston,  104 
Spruce  Street,  Williamston,  on 
January  29.  The  time  of  the 
meetings  is  3  p.m. 

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Albemarle  Meetings  Planned 

On  January  28,  the 
Albemarle  Union  Meeting  will 
be  held  at  Free  Union  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church,  near  Pinetown. 
The  Albemarle  League  Conven- 
tion will  convene  that  evening 
at  Mount  Zion  Church.  The 
scheduled  programs  are  as 
follows : 

UNION  MEETING 
OPENING  SESSION 
Pianist,  Mrs.  Mary  Lucille  Jones 
10:00— Devotions,  the  Rev.  Robert  May 
10:10— Welcome,  the  Rev.  Aubrey  Wil- 
liamson 

—  Response,    the    Rev.  Bobby 
Brown 

10:15— Moderator's  Address,  the  Rev. 

Charles  Overton 
10:20— Roll  Call  of  Ministers 

—Recognition  of  Visiting  Ministers 
—Roll  Call  of  Churches 
10 : 30— Of f ering  for  Denominational  En- 
terprises 

—  Announcements 

—  Prayer  Time 

BUSINESS  SESSION 
10:40— Report  of  Children's  Home,  via 
Literature 
—Report  of  Mount  Olive  College, 

via  Literature 
—Report  of  Press,  via  Literature 
—Report  of  Missions,  via  Litera- 
ture 

—Report  of  Cragmont,  via  Litera- 
ture 

—Report  of  Retirement  Homes, 
via  Literature 
10:50— Reading   of  Minutes   of  Last 
Union  for  Information 

—  Report  of  Treasurer 
—Other  Business 
—Announcements  of  Next  Union 

11:00— Minutes  Read  and  Approved 

MORNING  WORSHIP 
11:00— Hymn 

11:20— Special  Music,  Host  Church 
11:25— Message,  the  Rev.  Aubrey  Wil- 
liamson 
—Adjournment  and  Lunch 

LEAGUE  CONVENTION 
7:30— Devotion,  Mr.  Dean  Jones 
7:40— President's  Message,  Mr.  Lloyd 
Jones  Jr. 
—Appointment  of  Digest  Commit- 
tee 
—Offering 

—  Roll  Call  of  Leagues 
—Sword  Drill 
—Hymn 

—Recognition  of  Ministers 
— Announcements 
—Special  Music 
—League  Program 


—Minutes  of  Last  Convention  n 
—Business  of  Digest  Committee 
—Report  of  Digest  Committee  I 
—Awarding  of  Banners  and  Pi 
ture 

—Treasurer's  Report 
—Minutes  Read  and  Approved 
—Adjournment 
Pianist,  Mrs.  Mary  Lucille  Jones 

Cape  Fear  Union  to  Meet 

The  Cape  Fear  Unio  I 
Meeting  will  be  held  at  Palme 
Memorial  Church  near  Garnei 
on  Saturday,  January  28,  1984; 
The  scheduled  program  is  aj 
follows : 

10 : 00 — Hymn ,  Congregation 

—Devotion,  the  Rev.  J.  B.  Caton  i 

—Welcome,  Host  Church 

—Response,  Mrs.  Grace  Barbour 
10:20— Enrollment  of  Officers  anil 
Ministers 

—Recognition  of  Visitors 

—Reading   of   Minutes   of  LasjJ 
Meeting 

—Appointment  of  Committees 

—Roll  Call  of  Churches 

—  Report  of  Denominational  End 
terprises 

—Miscellaneous  Business 
11:15— Hymn,  Congregation 

—Special  Music 

—Offering  and  Offertory  Prayer  ]i 
—Message,  the  Rev.  Don  Venablei 
12:00— Report  of  Treasurer 
—Report  of  Committees 
—Unfinished  Business 
—Benediction  and  Adjournment 
—Lunch  and  Christian  Fellowship 
Jeff  Scarborough,  Moderator 
Mrs.  Ruth  L.  Warrick,  Secretary 

Woman  of  Year  Chosen  at 
Oak  Grove  Church 

A  "Woman  of  the  Year"  has 
been  chosen  at  Oak  Grove' 
Church,  Route  3,  Elm  City.  On 
Sunday  morning,  January  lj 
1984,  Sadie  Patterson  wasfi 
pinned  by  the  auxiliary  presi-|i 
dent,  Mrs.  Thelma  Harris.  She 
has  been  a  member  of  the  aux-; 
iliary  for  3  years. 

Linda  Farmer  was  runner-| 
up.  The  auxiliary  and  churchj 
are  very  proud  of  these  ladies. 

Micro  Youth  Elect  Officers 

The  Youth  Fellowship  Aux- 
iliary recently  met  in  the 
fellowship  hall  of  the  Micro 
Church.  This  meeting  was 
hosted  by  Melisa  Wall. 

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Foreign  Missions 


NEWS  FROM  BARNARDS 


Shanna,  Jeffrey,  and  Jackie  Barnard 


Thanksgiving  and  Christmas 
lave  come  and  gone.  We  have 
>een  enjoying  the  cards  and  let- 
ers  received.  It  is  hard  to  im- 
igine  that  we  have  celebrated 
>ur  second  Christmas  in  the 
Philippines.  We  remembered 
rou  as  you  fellowshiped 
ogether  in  your  respective 
ihurches  and  homes.  Our 
>rayers  of  thanksgiving  go  up 
o  God  for  each  of  you  who  pray 
ind  support  us. 

We  have  several  prayer  re- 
[uests  at  this  time.  The  main 
tern  has  to  do  with  family 
lealth  problems.  Jackie's  back 
eems  some  better,  for  which 
ye  say  thanks  be  unto  God.  But, 
he  is  in  the  midst  of  a  terrible 
oughing  spell.  She  has  been 
oughing  deeply  for  over  2 
yeeks.  We  have  seen  the  doc- 
or  several  times.  They  have 
ried  many  different  remedies 
yhich  have  thus  far  been 
inable  to  stop  or  even  suppress 
he  cough.  She  has  spent  the 
tetter  part  of  2  days  in  bed 
inable  to  catch  her  breath  at 
imes  and  very  weak. 

Shanna  has  the  same  prob- 
em,  but  it  is  in  a  later  and 
/eaker  stage.  She  has  been  ex- 
•eriencing  piercing  headaches 
laily.  Jeffrey  was  diagnosed  as 
laving  asthmatic  bronchitis  on 
op  of  his  primary  complex  syn- 
Irome.  I  just  have  a  common 
lead  cold. 


We  ask  you  to  make  our  re- 
quest for  prayers  concerning 
our  health  a  priority  item  on 
your  prayer  list.  Thank  you. 


I  have  been  witnessing  to  a 
man  by  the  name  of  Tony 
Reyes.  He  is  the  owner  of  the 
garage  where  I  get  the  car 
worked  on.  He  is  a  Catholic.  He 
is  very  interested  in  beginning 
a  home  Bible  study  course,  but 
Satan  seems  to  be  throwing  up 
roadblocks.  Two  Sundays  ago 
we  were  to  begin.  When  I  ar- 
rived Tony's  wife  was  sick  and 
he  did  not  even  come  to  the 
door,  but  sent  his  daughter  to 
tell  me  he'd  contact  me  later  in 
the  week.  The  next  Sunday  he 
had  to  take  a  trip  out  of  town. 
He  finally  said  that  we  ought  to 
wait  a  while  and  give  everyone 
an  opportunity  to  recover. 

Please  pray  for  the  salvation 
of  Tony  and  his  family  and  his 

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HAVE  YOU  HEARD  ABOUT  THE 
WORLD  MISSIONS  CONFERENCE  AND  RALLY 
SCHEDULED  FOR  MARCH  9,  1984? 
FEATURES  FOR  THE  DAY 

Note:  All  daytime  activities  will  be  on  the  downtown  campus. 
The  World  Missions  Rally  at  7:30  P.M.  will  be  in  College 
Hall,  Mount  Olive  College. 

SEMINARS:  10:00  A.M.  and  1:00  P.M.  Dr.  William  Bennett,  a 
native  of  North  Carolina  and  pastor  of  the  largest  congre- 
gation in  the  state  of  Arkansas. 

FDLM:  2:45  P.M.  "First  Fruits"  will  be  shown. 

BANQUET:  5:30  P.M.  For  everyone  who  can  attend.  Price 
$4.50  (information  to  secure  a  count  for  this  meal  will  be 
mailed  in  a  few  days). 

WORLD  MISSIONS  RALLY:  7:30  P.M.  College  Hall.  Dr.  Ben- 
nett will  speak.  Special  music  by  the  "Damascus  Way" 
from  Trinity  Free  Will  Baptist  Church  of  Clayton;  and  Jo 
Ann  Pennington,  Guyla  Evans,  and  Alice  Hines  (three 
members  of  the  original  "Hines  Cousins"  from  Winter- 
ville) 

TESTIMONY:  Phil  Shepard,  vice  president  of  the  State 
Youth  Convention.  Phil  has  applied  to  the  Foreign  Mis- 
sions Board  to  serve  as  a  summer  missionary  in  the 
Philippines.  We  hope  to  see  a  large  number  of  our  youth  at 
the  rally.  Come  and  show  your  support  for  Phil. 

COMMISSIONING:  of  the  van  der  Plas  Family  for  their  work 
in  the  Philippines. 

This  will  be  a  day  and  night  to  remember.  Come  and  bring 
a  crowd  from  your  church.  The  conference  and  rally  are  for  all 
ages.  There  are  great  blessings  in  store  for  you.  Luke  11:9 
says,  "...  Ask  and  it  shall  be  given  you  .  .  . . "  God  will  grant  us 
a  great  and  spiritual  day  if  we  will  but  pray.  Please  join  us  in 
daily  prayer  for  the  conference  and  rally. 


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Children's  Home 

LETTERS  OF  THANKS 

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"FOSTER  PARENTS: 
YOU  CAN  HELP!" 

by  Beth  Tart 


A  better  tomorrow  hal 
always  been  the  dedicated  con, 
cern  of  the  Free  Will  Baptisj 
Children's  Home,  Inc.  Today's 
children  will  become  the  adult? 
who  share  tomorrow's  world 
No  task  is  more  important  thai} 
helping  children,  hurt  by  life,  t« 
grow  into  healthy,  well 
adjusted,  responsible  citizens. 

The  Foster  Care  Program  oi 
the  Free  Will  Baptist  Children's 
Home,  Inc.  has  been  in  ex 
istence  since  1976.  Many  fim 
couples  have  opened  thei} 
hearts  and  homes  to  deserving 
boys  and  girls  who  have  needed 
the  close  and  intimate  relation! 
ships  which  can  best  b« 
developed  in  a  family  setting; 
Children  have  been  provided 
love,  encouragement,  and  nun 
ture  of  the  highest  quality. 

The  foster  child  comes  frorrj 
all  walks  of  life  and  with  g 
varied  background.  The  ma| 
jority  are  from  broken  homes; 
which  makes  each  foster  chilcj 
a  special  child.  He  may  be  ontj 
with  special  learning  needs 
emotionally  affected  by  his! 
family  experience,  a  preschool 
or  teenage  child,  or  maybe 
the  child  primarily  needs  the 
individualization  afforded 
through  family  life  of  a  fostei 
home.  The  foster  child  needs  t( 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISl 


>e  accepted  simply  because  he 
s  a  child.  He  needs  to  be  pro- 
/ided  affection  and  under- 
standing from  adults  who  are 
ible  to  guide  his  growth  with 
patience,  values,  aspirations, 
strength,  and  consistency  in 
relationships. 

A  foster  child  may  range  in 
ige  from  infancy  to  21.  Here  at 
,he  Children's  Home,  there  is  a 
leed  for  foster  homes  that 
;ould  provide  support  and 
security  for  older  children  with 
special  needs.  These  children 
Uso  need  to  be  loved,  accepted 
ind  cared  for  by  caring  and 
inderstanding  adults. 

Being  a  foster  parent  is  a  part 
)f  the  church's  vital  mission  to 
he  world.  It  is  one  way  of 


ministering  in  the  name  of 
Christ.  Foster  parents  can  pro- 
vide support  for  children  at  a 
time  in  their  lives  when  their 
situation  is  rather  bleak,  their 
needs  rather  great,  and  their 
demands  rather  high.  If  you 
would  like  to  share  your  life, 
your  home  and  your  family 
with  a  foster  child,  please  con- 
tact the  Children's  Home  by 
phoning  (919)  235-2161,  or  by 
writing  the  Free  Will  Baptist 
Children's  Home,  Inc.,  Box  249, 
Middlesex,  NC  27557. 


YOUTH  MUSICAL  TO  BE 
PRESENTED  AT  REEDY 
BRANCH  CHURCH 

On  Sunday  evening,  January 
29,  at  7  p.m.,  the  youth  of 


Reedy  Branch  Church,  Route  1, 
Winterville,  will  present  a 
musical  drama  for  young 
voices  with  lyrics  by  Grace 
Hawthorne  and  music  by  Larry 
May  field. 

The  title  of  the  musical  is 
"Christmas  Fever"  and  it  is 
about  young  people  who  get 
"Christmas  Fever,"  the  real 
spirit  of  Christmas  after 
Christmas,  after  they  have  had 
time  to  reflect  on  the  real 
meaning  of  "giving." 

You  are  invited  to  come  and 
share  in  this  special  program 
with  the  people  of  Reedy 
Branch  Church. 

The  Rev.  Willis  Wilson  is  the 
pastor. 


I  To:  All  Free  Will  Baptist  Ministers  and  our  Free  Will  Baptist  Ministers'  Widows  | 

|  The  Free  Will  Baptist  Ministerial  Association  of  North  Carolina  wishes  to  invite  | 

;  you  to  the  annual  Mid- Year  Spiritual  Life  Banquet.  This  year's  banquet  will  be  x 

'  held  on  February  17,  in  the  auditorium  on  the  downtown  campus  of  Mount  Olive  I 

|  College.  Registration  will  begin  at  6 : 30  p.m.  with  the  meal  at  7  p.m.  The  cost  of  the  j 

meal  will  be  $5  per  person,  and  will  be  prepared  by  the  College  Cafeteria  staff.  We  ' 

will  need  to  know  how  many  to  prepare  for,  so  we  request  that  you  complete  the  | 

|  pre-registration  form  below  and  send  it  with  your  $5  per  person  before  February  jj 

11.  The  program  should  be  very  enjoyable  this  year  with  our  own  after-dinner  ! 

j  speaker,  the  Rev.  Willis  Wilson,  presenting  the  program  for  the  evening.  Please  j 
.  make  plans  to  attend!  We  hope  to  see  you  there! 

Ministers'  Widows:  You  will  be  our  special  guests— there  is  no  charge  for  you  for  ! 
|  the  meal.  However  we  do  ask  that  you  send  in  the  pre-registration  form  so  we  will  j 
I  know  to  prepare  for  you.  j 

j  PRE-REGISTRATION  FORM  j 

Mid- Year  Spiritual  Life  Banquet 

I  I,   ,  will  be  attending  the  Banquet  on  j 

|  February  17,  and  am  sending  $  for  the  meal,  and  will  have   j 

j  guest(s)  with  me. 

:  Please  send  this  form  to :  Doug  Skinner  ! 
|  Box  117  j 

I  Arapahoe,  NC  28510 

!  Please  make  checks  payable  to: 

j  North  Carolina  Free  Will  Baptist  Ministerial  Association  j 

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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Mount  Olive  College 

DEAN'S  LIST 

Seventeen  Free  Will  Baptist 
students  have  been  named  to 
the  Dean's  List  at  Mount  Olive 
College.  The  Dean's  List  is 
published  to  honor  students 
who  attain  high  scholastic 
standing.  To  qualify  for  the  list 
at  the  completion  of  each 
semester,  a  student  must  be  at- 
tending college  on  a  full-time 
basis  and  achieve  a  quality 
point  average  of  3.2  or  higher.  A 
student  must  not  have  received 
a  grade  below  a  "C"  in  any  sub- 
ject. 

Those  students  named  for 
their  1983  fall  semester  stand- 
ing are:  Kimberly  G.  Ander- 
son, daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Durwood  Anderson  of  Pink 
Hill;  Angela  J.  Anthony, 
daughter  of  Mrs.  Ossie  B.  An- 
thony of  Wilson;  Donna  L. 
Blalock,  daughter  of  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  E.  J.  Blalock  of  Fay- 
etteville;  Charles  P.  Hansley, 
son  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  D.  C. 
Hansley  of  Wilmington ;  Calvin 
A.  Heath  of  Walstonburg; 
Robin  L.  Honeycutt,  daughter 
of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  M.  R. 
Honeycutt  of  Dunn;  Wanda  C. 
Jones,  daughter  of  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  Rudolph  Jones  of  Pine 
Level;  Tammy  L.  Marshburn, 
daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ken 
Marshburn  of  Beulaville; 
Amelia  Massengill,  daughter  of 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  C.  Massengill 
of  Four  Oaks;  Sherry  C. 
Mitchell,  daughter  of  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  John  B.  Mitchell  of 
Bridge  ton;  Norma  F.  Reardon, 
daughter  of  Mrs.  Norma  P. 
Reardon  of  Mount  Olive;  Pan- 
dora Register,  daughter  of  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Atlas  M.  Register  of 
Spivey's  Corner;  Judy  C.  Tyn- 
dall,  daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Bobby  Tyndall  of  Dudley; 
William  G.  Tyner  of  Seven 
Springs;  Lori  A.  Wells, 
daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Alton 
Wells  of  Ay  den;  Carolyn  J. 
Williamson,  daughter  of  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  J.  D.  Williamson  of 
Mount  Olive ;  and  Joni  Y.  Wood, 
daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Car- 
roll Wood  of  La  Grange. 


GOVERNOR  JOINS  TROJAN  CLUB 


While  on  campus  for  the  Grand  Opening  of  College  Hall,  Governor  James  B 
Hunt  Jr.  joined  the  Trojan  Club.  Shown  with  the  governor  are  Athletics  Directoi 
and  men's  basketball  coach,  Bob  McEvoy,  and  Trojan  basketball  player,  Ray  Luca| 
of  Fayetteville. 

VISITORS  TO  THE  CAMPUS 


Recent  visitors  to  the  college  campus  included  William  "Bill"  McLawhorn  m 
Ayden,  a  member  of  the  Mount  Olive  College  Board  of  Trustees.  Shown  here  (L-R  I 
with  Steve  Raper,  assistant  in  development,  are  McLawhorn' s  son-in-law,  Dr ! 
George  Fouke  of  East  Cleveland,  Ohio;  McLawhorn  and  his  granddaughter" 
Kristen  May,  of  Atlanta,  Georgia. 

The  Foukes  contributed  a  convention  chair  in  honor  of  Bill  and  Lou  McLawhorn! 


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GIFTS  FOR  COLLEGE  HALL  CHAIRS  NEARS  500 

During  the  week  ending  January  16,  gifts  were  received  for  51 
:onvention  chairs  in  College  Hall.  A  total  of  483  chairs  have  now 
>een  contributed  toward  a  goal  of  800. 

"We  hope  to  receive  gifts  for  the  remaining  317  chairs  by  the 
foreign  Missions  Rally  on  March  9,"  President  W.  Burkette  Raper 
leclared. 

The  cost  of  a  chair  is  $50  and  they  may  be  given  in  honor  or  in 
nemory  of  persons  chosen  by  the  donor.  Contributions  may  be 
nade  by  individuals,  families,  churches,  woman's  auxiliaries, 
ayman's  leagues,  Sunday  schools  or  other  church  groups. 

Summary:  Through  January  16 

800  Chairs  ($50  each) 
483 
317 


eeded 

ifts  to  Date 

alance 


483  Chairs  Through  January  16 


onors 

hristian  Chapel  Church,  Pink  Hill 
[r.  and  Mrs.  J.J.  Grimsley,  Ay  den 
l  Honor  of  Pauline  Sills 

By  Miss  Lellon  Lee  Sills,  Winston-Salem 
l  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  R.  P.  Harris 

By  Dr.  Leonard  Earl  Harris,  Rocky  Mount 
[ilbournie  Church,  Wilson 
l  Memory  of  Sandra  E.  Aldridge  and  Kristen 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs,  Melvin  K.  Everington,  Kinston 
lint  Paul  Sunday  School  and  Church,  Newton  Grove 
l  Memory  of  Earl  H.  Holton 

By  Mount  Zion  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 
Lowland 
l  Memory  of  Milton  R.  Mizelle 

By  Mount  Zion  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 
Lowland 
i  Memory  of  Finley  K.  Lupton 

By  Mount  Zion  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 
Lowland 
l  Memory  of  Luther  W.  Mizelle 

By  Mount  Zion  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 
Lowland 
i  Memory  of  R.  Blaine  Newton 

By  Mount  Zion  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 
Lowland 

i\  and  Mrs.  Harold  Whaley,  Newport 

i  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Leon  Grubbs  and  Family 

By  the  Widows  of  Hull  Road  Church,  Snow  Hill 
i  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  Westbrook 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Leon  Barwick  and  Mrs.  Leora  John- 
son, Dudley 
earsall  Chapel  Men's  Fellowship,  Magnolia 
i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Rachel  Turner 

By  Anonymous 
i  Honor  of  Daniel  Webster  Morris 

By  Juniper  Chapel  Adult  Bible  Class,  Vanceboro 
t  Honor  of  Mrs.  Mabel  Rowe 

By  Juniper  Chapel  Adult  Bible  Class,  Vanceboro 
i  Honor  of  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jesse  C.  Griffin,  New  Bern 
oney  Creek  Church,  Goldsboro 
i  Honor  of  Imettie  Raper 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Gary  M.  Bailey,  Goldsboro 
i  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Guy  M.  Pate 

By  the  Honorable  and  Mrs.  H.  Martin  Lancaster, 
Goldsboro 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Abigail  Pollock 

By  Riverside  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Princeton 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Tom  Miller 

By  Hugo  Church,  Grifton 

(Continued  on  Page  15) 


$40,000 
24,150 
$15,850 


Number 

of  Chairs  Amount 


$  50 
100 
50 

50 

50 
50 

300 
50 

50 
50 


50 


50 


50 


50 
100 

50 


50 
50 

50 

50 

50 

250 
50 

50 

50 
100 


STUDENT  DAY  PLANNED 

All  church  youth  leaders  are 
reminded  of  the  Student  Day 
planned  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege. 

Students  are  invited  to  cheer 
the  Trojan  basketball  team  on 
to  victory  at  1:30  p.m.,  Satur- 
day, January  28.  The  Trojans 
will  play  against  Newport  News 
in  College  Hall.  A  special  stu- 
dent rate  of  $1  per  ticket  will 
apply  for  this  game. 

The  admissions  people  are 
looking  forward  to  a  good 
turnout  and  will  be  on  hand  to 
greet  the  students.  This  is  a 
great  opportunity  to  get  a  close- 
up  look  at  College  Hall  and  to 
enjoy  a  lively  afternoon  of  Col- 

lege  athletics.  

ATTENTION 

WOMAN'S  AUXILIARIES 

Now  is  the  time  for  you  to  col- 
lect your  per  capita  dues,  if  you 
have  not  already  done  so.  These 
dues  should  be  collected  during 
the  first  months  of  the  year,  in 
time  to  be  sent  to  your  district 
treasurer  before,  or  in  time  for, 
your  district  convention.  The 
dues  are  $  .40  per  member  per 
year. 

Send  these  dues  to  your 
district  treasurer;  she  will  keep 
$  .20  and  send  $  .20  to  your  state 
treasurer.  It  is  necessary  that 
you  cooperate  in  this  as  these 
dues  provide  a  part  of  the  funds 
for  the  operational  expenses  of 
your  convention.  Thank  you  for 
your  past  cooperation;  we 
know  that  we  can  continue  to 
count  on  you. 

Your  State  Treasurer, 
Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser 

A  SPECIAL  REQUEST 

January  28,  the  Albemarle 
Union  Meeting  will  meet  at 
Free  Union  Church.  All 
churches  are  urged  to  report  by 
delegate  or  letter  in  order  that 
we  may  have  100%.  This  would 
speak  well  for  our  conference. 
Last  year,  we  had  two  con- 
secutive 100%  meetings.  This 
was  appreciated  by  all. 

On  Saturday  night  we  are 
urging  the  leagues  to  take  part 
(Continued  on  Page  15) 


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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
JANUARY 


29 


Scripture  Reading— Exodus  35-37 

GOD  HOLDS  THE  FUTURE 
God  holds  the  future  in  His  hand. 

O  heart  of  mine,  be  still! 
His  love  will  plan  the  best  for  thee, 
The  best,  or  light  or  dark  it  be— 
Then  rest  thee  in  His  will. 

God  holds  the  future  in  His  hand. 

Why  should  I  shrink  or  fear? 
Through  every  dark  and  cloudy  day- 
Yea,  all  along  my  pilgrim  way 

His  love  will  bless  and  cheer. 

God  holds  the  future  in  His  hand, 
And  I  can  trust  His  love. 

His  past  declares  His  faithfulness; 

His  eye  will  guide,  His  heart  will  bless, 
Till  I  am  safe  above. 


TUESDAY, 
JANUARY  6L 

Scripture  Reading— Exodus  40 

GOD'S  WILL 
I  asked  the  New  Year  for  some  motto  sweet, 
Some  rule  of  life  by  which  to  guide  my  feet; 
I  asked  and  paused.  It  answered  soft  and  low: 
"God's  will  to  know." 

"Will  knowledge  then  suffice,  New  Year?"  1 
cried; 

But  ere  the  question  into  silence  died, 
The  answer  came,  "Nay,  this  remember,  too, 
God's  will  to  do." 


Once  more  I  asked,  "Is  there  still  more  to  tell?' 
And  once  again  the  answer  softly  fell: 
"Yes,  this  one  thing,  all  other  things  above, 
"God's  will  to  love." 


God  holds  the  future  in  His  hand. 

I  leave  it  all  with  Him. 
I  know  one  day  He  will  explain 
The  "wherefore"  of  each  grief  and  pain, 

Though  reasons  now  are  dim. 

MONDAY,  „ft 
JANUARY  6{3 

Scripture  Reading— Exodus  38,  39 

BEWARE  OF  SHORT  CUTS 
A  plane  crashed  in  Mint  Canyon.  Nine  oc- 
cupants perished.  That  tragic  end  was  not  the 
design  of  the  builder  of  the  plane.  It  was  intended 
to  be  a  servant  of  human  need,  carrying 
messages  of  peace  and  passengers  to  happy 
homecomings.  The  pilot,  however,  decided  to 
take  a  short  cut  across  the  Sierra  Madras.  God's 
children  are  "his  workmanship,  created  in 
Christ  Jesus  unto  good  works,  which  God  has 
before  ordained  that  we  should  walk  in  them" 
(Ephesians  2:10).  As  long  as  we  stay  "on  the 
beam"  and  go  into  the  pathway  of  service  He 
chooses,  we  are  safe.  Let  us  avoid  short  cuts 
which  would  take  us  "off  the  beam"  which  could 
bring  disaster. 


WEDNESDAY,  1 
FEBRUARY  1 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  1-3 

NOT  A  CALAMITY 
"Oh,  General,  what  a  calamity!"  exclaimec 
his  chaplain  to  General  "Stonewall"  Jacksor 
when  the  latter  lost  his  left  arm  in  battle;  t<j| 
which  the  General,  thanking  him  for  his  sym 
pathy,  replied:  "You  see  me  wounded,  but  noi 
depressed,  not  unhappy.  I  believe  it  has  been  ac 
cording  to  God's  holy  will,  and  I  resign  entirelj 
to  it.  You  may  think  it  strange,  but  you  never  saw 
me  more  perfectly  contented  than  I  am  today 
for  I  am  sure  my  Heavenly  Father  designs  thi: 
affliction  for  my  good.  I  am  perfectly  satisfied 
that  either  in  this  life  or  in  that  which  is  to  come .1 
shall  discover  that  what  is  now  regarded  as  i\ 
calamity  is  a  blessing.  I  can  wait  until  God,  ii] 
His  own  time,  shall  make  known  to  me  the  object 
He  has  in  thus  afflicting  me.  But  why  should  I  no 
rather  rejoice  in  it  as  a  blessing  and  not  look  on  i  j 
as  a  calamity  at  all?  If  it  were  in  my  power  til 
replace  my  arm  I  would  not  dare  to  do  it  unless  j 
could  know  it  was  the  will  of  my  Heavenl; 
Father." 


When  we  want  to  know  God's  will,  there  are 
three  things  which  always  concur:  the  inward 
impulse,  the  Word  of  God  and  the  trend  of  cir- 
cumstances! 

God  in  the  heart,  impelling  you  forward; 
God  in  His  Book,  corroborating  whatever  He 
says  in  the  heart;  and  God  in  circumstances, 
which  are  always  indicative  of  His  will.  Never 
act  until  these  three  things  agree. 

12 


Who  has  accomplished  his  task?  He  who  ha 
left  the  world  better  than  he  found  it,  whether  b, 
an  improved  machine,  a  perfect  poem,  or  < 
rescued  soul;  who  has  never  lacked  appreciation 
of  earth's  beauty  or  failed  to  express  it;  wh 
looked  for  the  best  in  others  and  has  given  th 
best  he  had;  whose  life  was  an  inspiration 
whose  memory  is  a  benediction. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS'! 


THURSDAY,  „ 
FEBRUARY  4 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  4-6 

A  JUDGE'S  PRAYER 
A  very  remarkable  testimony  is  given  by 
Judge  Harold  R.  Medina.  It  appears  in  the 
August  number  of  the  Reader's  Digest  (1951) 
under  the  title,  "Someone  Else  on  the  Bench." 
The  judge  achieved  fame  in  presiding  at  the  trial 
of  the  eleven  Communists  in  1949.  He  says  that  he 
has  followed  the  habit  of  prayer  since  boyhood, 
but  since  his  elevation  to  the  bench  he  has  real- 
ized more  than  ever  his  need  for  God's  grace  and 
guidance.  He  is  conscious  of  the  unfailing 
presence  of  God  in  the  courtroom.  During  the 
trial  of  the  Communists  there  were  deliberate  ef- 
forts by  their  supporters  to  wear  down  the  judge 
until  he  would  lose  self-control  that  would  result 
in  a  mistrial.  Judge  Medina  declares  that  the  one 
thing  that  saved  him  and  saved  the  trial,  in  a 
desperate  crisis  hour,  was  the  strange  and 
wonderful  power  that  came  to  him  when,  in  his 
weakness,  he  "asked  God  to  take  charge  of 
things  and  that  His  will  be  done." 


Nothing  lies  beyond  the  reach  of  prayer  ex- 
cept that  which  lies  outside  the  will  of  God. 

FRIDAY, 
FEBRUARY  6 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  7,  8 

THERE,  WE  ARE  SAFE! 
Typhoons  and  monsoons  occur  frequently  in 
the  Indian  Ocean.  These  violent  cyclonic  storms 
swirl  around  in  a  circle.  Before  navigators 
learned  how  to  cope  with  them,  there  was  a 
frightful  loss  of  ships  and  lives.  In  explaining 
how  navigators  learned  to  cope  with  typhoons 
and  monsoons,  a  sea  captain  said,  "When  we  run 
into  them  we  locate  the  center,  and  we  go  around 
it.  We  narrow  the  circle  until  we  get  into  the 
center  where  there  is  a  dead  calm !  There,  we  are 
safe!" 

Christ  speaks  with  finality  and  authority  to 
us.  When  we  are  in  the  center  of  His  will,  we  are 
safe.  There,  He  keeps  our  hearts  and  minds  in 
"perfect  peace!" 


In  the  center  of  the  circle 

Of  the  will  of  God  I  stand, 
There  can  come  no  second  causes, 

All  must  come  from  His  dear  hand. 

SATURDAY,  . 
FEBRUARY  4 

Scripture  Reading -Leviticus  9,  10 

BEING  WHERE  GOD  WANTS  YOU 
One  day  Queen  Victoria  visited,  unaccom- 
panied and  unannounced,  some  cottagers  in 


Balmoral,  Scotland.  Among  those  she  visited 
was  an  aged,  lonely,  bedridden  man.  He  didn't 
recognize  Her  Majesty.  He  said,  "I  am  alone.  All 
the  folks  went  away  today,  hoping  to  get  a 
glimpse  of  the  Queen." 

The  Queen  chatted  pleasantly  with  the  old 
man.  She  read  a  chapter  from  the  Bible  to  him. 
Then  she  gave  him  a  five-pound  note.  As  she  left 
she  said,  "When  your  people  come  back,  tell 
them  that  the  Queen  visited  you!" 

We  often  miss  great  blessings  by  not  being 
where  God  wants  us  to  be.  Elijah  would  have 
missed  the  service  of  the  ravens  had  he  not  been 
in  the  place  God  sent  him:  "I  have  commanded 
the  ravens  to  feed  thee  there"  (1  Kings  17:4). 


Samuel  said,  "Speak;  for  thy  servant 
heareth."  Some  say,  "Listen;  for  Thy  servant 
speaketh. " 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


THE  BOOK  CORNER 

by  De  Wayne  Eakes 

Dr.  James  C.  Dobson,  Love  Must  Be  Tough, 
New  Hope  for  Families  in  Crisis,  1983,  Word 
Books,  Waco,  Texas. 

Dr.  Dobson  has  been  called  the  "leading 
Christian  family  counselor  in  America  today." 
He  has  written  several  books,  Dare  to  Discipline, 
Hide  or  Seek,  The  Strong-Willed  Child,  Straight 
Talk  to  Men  and  Their  Wives,  Preparing  for 
Adolescence,  Emotions:  Can  You  Trust  Them?, 
What  Wives  Wish  Their  Husbands  Knew  About 
Women  and  Dr.  Dobson  Answers  Your  Ques- 
tions. 

In  this  book  Love  Must  Be  Tough,  Dr.  Dob- 
son addresses  the  most  serious  and  destructive 
causes  of  family  breakups  and  marriage 
failures.  He  addresses,  forcefully,  the  problem  of 
disrespect  in  marital  relationships,  describing 
its  role  in  the  gradual  drift  toward  divorce  for 
millions  of  couples.  He  discusses  infidelity, 
alcoholism,  wife  beating,  emotional  indif- 
ference, etc. 

This  book  is  especially  helpful  in  a  situation 
where  either  spouse  is  suffering  silently  and  be- 
ing abused  by  the  other  (physically,  emotionally 
or  spiritually).  The  principle  of  "loving 
toughness"  is  not  only  applicable  to  families  in 
crisis,  but  also  in  healthy  marriages  as  well. 
Genuine  love  must  be  tough  in  order  to  survive 
and  grow  in  the  stresses  of  our  world  today.  This 
is  a  good  book  for  anyone  who  seeks  a  better 
understanding  of  human  behavior  and  the  com- 
plex relationships  between  men  and  women. 

If  our  bookstores  do  not  have  this  book  or 
others  written  by  Dr.  Dobson  they  can  order 
them  for  you. 


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Sunday  School  Lesson 


For  January  29 

A  DAY  OF  JOY 
AND  GLADNESS 

Lesson  Text:  Isaiah  35:1-6,  8-10 
Memory  Verse:  Isaiah  35:10 

"A  Day  of  Joy  and  Glad- 
ness"—what  a  happy  title  for  a 
lesson!  In  reality,  our  study  to- 
day is  about  the  love  of  God,  for 
it  speaks  of  a  gladness  that  can 
be  known  only  from  within  the 
boundaries  of  His  love.  The  love 
of  God  is  spontaneous.  That  is, 
it  originates  from  within 
Himself,  a  voluntary  move- 
ment toward  us. 

Contemplate  that  last  state- 
ment. God's  love  is  a  voluntary 
movement  toward  us !  Can  it  be 
true  that  God's  love  is  really 
spontaneously  directed  toward 
us,  even  though  we  may  be 
unlovable?  Yes,  it  is  true.  It  is 
the  mystery  of  grace,  of 
undeserved  divine  favor.  And 
this  truth  is  the  theme  of  the  en- 
tire Bible.  God  is  forever  seek- 
ing to  draw  us  into  His 
fellowship  so  that  we  may 
receive  blessing. 

How  beautifully  Francis 
Thompson  expressed  this  truth 
in  his  poem,  "The  Hound  of 
Heaven."  God  in  His  love  is 
relentless.  We  flee  from  Him, 
yet  "with  unhurrying  chase" 
He  hounds  us.  And  this  con- 
tinues, no  matter  where  we 
flee,  until  we  realize  the  truth 
when  He  asks : 

How  little  worthy  of  any  love  thou 
art! 

Whom  wilt  thou  find  to  love  ignoble 
thee 

Save  Me,  save  only  Me? 

There  and  then,  in  our 
misery,  we  suddenly  realize  the 
great  truth  that  He  does  love  us 
all  the  while. 

This  means  that  as  His  be- 
loved we  are  the  recipients  of 
His  care  and  concern.  We  are  in 
His  plans!  His  purposes  for 
eternity  include  us.  Whatever 
our  lot,  He  desires  to  share  it 
with  us,  and  this  means  both 
our  joys  and  our  sorrows. 

The  word  happiness  does  not 
appear  in  the  Bible,  and  even 


the  word  happy,  which  we  do 
find,  could  well  be  translated 
"blessed."  The  kind  of  hap- 
piness God  bestows  is  a  divine 
blessedness  that  is  experienced 
in  spite  of  conditions.  It  comes 
from  knowing  that  God  is  near 
at  all  times  and  in  all  cir- 
cumstances. 

But  our  lesson  today  deals 
with  joy  and  gladness,  joy  and 
gladness  that  are  certain 
because  they  are  promised  by 
the  God  of  Heaven  who  loves  us 
and  shares  even  Himself 
with  us. 

In  our  study  of  Isaiah  we 
should  note  that  Chapters  34 
and  35  belong  together.  The 
former  speaks  of  God's  severe 
judgment.  Edom  is  singled  out 
to  receive  the  wrath  of  God  for 
her  wickedness  toward  Judah, 
the  people  of  God.  However,  the 
chapter  is  not  just  a  prediction 
of  judgment  upon  Edom.  That 
nation  is  used  as  an  example  of 
how  God  will  deal  with  all  who 
set  themselves  against  Him 
and  against  His  people.  But  the 
storm  of  judgment  promised  in 
Chapter  34  gives  way  to  the 
sweet  calm  and  blessing  that 
constitute  the  promise  of 
Chapter  35. 

Isaiah  was  no  idle  dreamer. 
He  was  quite  aware  of  the  ex- 
istence of  evil  in  the  world  and 
suffered  his  share  because  of  it. 
Yet,  as  a  man  of  faith  in  God  he 
viewed  as  a  certainty  the  ulti- 
mate coming  of  a  time  of  joy 
and  gladness  from  the  presence 
of  the  Lord.  Always  he 
recognized  that  God's  purpose 
included  two  aspects— wrath 
for  the  wicked  and  redemption 
and  blessing  for  those  who 
would  turn  to  Him.  Last  week 
we  had  these  two  aspects 
presented  metaphorically, 
when  God  was  represented  as  a 
lion,  defending  His  own,  and  as 
a  mother  bird,  providing  tender 
care  for  them. 

As  noted,  Isaiah  was  fully 
conscious  of  the  stern  realities 
of  life,  of  the  existence  of  evil 
and  of  tragedy.  Yet  he  was  an 


ultimate  optimist.  He  might 
live  to  see  the  day;  he  migl 
have  to  suffer  for  his  faith,  an 
tradition  says  that  he  did;  bi 
he  never  doubted  that  God' 
glorious  day  would  come.  (I 
Chapter  42  and  following 
Isaiah  reveals  that  the  Servar 
of  the  Lord  would  be  the  ager 
by  whom  that  day  woul 
come.) 

Chapter  35,  then,  is  a  song  c. 
gladness.  It  is  a  promise  d 
the  transformation  of  th 
wilderness  into  a  beautifu 
garden.  People  also  will  ex 
perience  renewal:  the  wea 
becoming  strong;  the  fearful 
brave;  the  blind,  able  to  see 
the  deaf,  able  to  hear;  th 
lame,  able  to  walk;  and  th 
tongues  of  the  speechless,  abl 
to  sing. 

Not  until  we  come  to  the  las 
two  verses  of  our  printed  tex 
do  we  understand  who  it  is  wh< 
will  enjoy  this  promise* 
paradise— the  redeemed  of  th 
Lord.  There  will  be  a  highway 
especially  prepared  for  them,  i 
highway  that  leads  to  Zion,  th 
city  of  God. 

There  are  some  who  woul< 
define  religion  as  "man 
upreach  toward  God."  Witl 
such  a  definition  as  this  ii 
mind,  some  say,  "We  are  all  go 
ing  to  the  same  place;  we  an 
just  traveling  different  ways.' 
If  each  is  going  his  own  way 
then  we  may  add  that,  possibly 
one  way  is  as  good  as  another 
Or  should  we  say  that  one  way 
is  as  bad  as  another?  But  th< 
Bible  raises  the  question 
"Who,  by  searching,  can  find 
God?" 

The  Bible  also  reveals  thai 
we  no  longer  have  to  search  foi 
God  in  any  way  of  man's  devis 
ing,  for  He  has  already  re 
vealed  Himself  to  us.  In  addi 
tion,  He  has  shown  us  not  man's 
way  but  His  way  to  eternal  life 
and  to  fellowship  with  Him.  It  is 
the  way  of  Christ,  who  Himseb 
said,  "No  man  cometh  unto  the 
Father,  but  by  me."— Standard 
Lesson  Commentary 


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6  STEPS 

(Continued  from  Page  4) 

umber  of  exposures  to  various 
lements  of  the  gospel,  has  seen 
hristianity  demonstrated  in 
le  lives  of  others,  and  has  con- 
idered  the  important  implica- 
ons  of  his/her  decision. 
How  do  you  provide  for  this 
nportant  variety  of  Christian 
nd  gospel  exposures  for  your 
xtended  Family  member? 
gain,  the  unique  and  ir- 
jplaceable  resources  of  the 
»cal  church  come  into  play 

As  mentioned  previously, 
ringing  non-Christian  friends 
>  church-sponsored  events 
irves  to  both  enlarge  their 
tm  view  of  Christ  in  people's 
ves,  and  to  build  friendships 
ith  other  Christians.  But 
ringing  your  Extended  Fami- 
r  member  to  church-related 
/ents  also  allows  the  person  to 
Bar  and  see  other  aspects  of 
le  gospel.  A  "full-blown" 
/angelistic  message  and  in- 
itation  are  not  required  (or 
jrhaps  even  desired)  at  every 
lurch-sponsored  event.  A 
rief  devotional  or  prayer  at 
te  beginning  or  end  of  the 
/ent  satisfactorily  serves  the 
nportant  function  of  providing 
te  non-Christian  with  a  grow- 
g  understanding  and  perspec- 
ve  of  the  gospel. 
This  need  for  a  variety  of 
/angelistic  exposures  means  a 
lurch  needs  to  provide  ade- 
jate  opportunity  for  members 
i  bring  their  non-Christian 
lends  and  relatives.  Worship 
irvices  and  Sunday  school 
asses  may  be  one  means  in 
lis  process.  But  other  events 
lay  need  to  be  designed  to  pro- 
de  such  support  to  the  church 
lember.  Films,  printed 
laterials,  special  outings  and 
)cial  events,  home  Bible 
udies,  inquirer's  classes, 
)ecial  interest  seminars  can 
i  used  as  ways  to  provide  ex- 
Dsure  to  the  good  news.  The 
iy  insight  is  not  what  the  par- 
cular  means  of  communica- 
Dn  is,  but  rather,  the  number 
id  variety  of  exposures— how 


many  times  and  from  how 
many  sources  has  your  Ex- 
tended Family  member  been 
exposed  to  a  portion  of  the  good 
news  through  the  church?  The 
more  exposures  he/she  has,  the 
better  the  chances  of  that  per- 
son understanding  the  love  of 
Christ  and  becoming  a  respon- 
sible church  member.  Look  for 
ways  to  help  bring  this  about. 

(Continued  Next  Week) 

NEWS  AND  NOTES 

(Continued  from  Page  6) 
Officers  for  the  1984  year 
were  elected  as  follows :  Teresa 
Wall,  president;  Gary  Evans, 
vice  president;  Melisa  Wall, 
secretary;  Mechelle  Wall, 
treasurer;  Judy  Korne gay,  cor- 
responding secretary;  Angela 
Jones,  assistant  secretary; 
Connie  Pate,  program  chair- 
man; Kenda  Woodruff,  alter- 
nate; and  Kathy  Hinnant  and 
Fonda  Jones,  youth  leaders. 

First  Union  Meeting  of 
Western  Conference  to  Meet 

The  First  Union  Meeting  of 
the  Western  Conference  will 
meet  with  Pleasant  Plain 
Church,  Route  2,  Selma,  at  10 
a.m.,  on  Saturday,  January  28. 
The  Rev.  Floyd  Cherry  will 
bring  the  union  message.  The 
Rev.  Ray  Wells  is  moderator; 
and  the  Rev.  James  V.  Joyner 
is  acting  clerk. 

FOREIGN  MISSIONS 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 
employees.    Pray    for  his 
family's  health  and  prosperity. 
Pray  that  soon  we  might  begin 
our  Bible  study  with  him. 

Another  person  who  we  have 
been  witnessing  to  is  the  acting 
postmaster  of  the  post  office 
where  our  mail  box  is.  Her 
name  is  Evangeline  Espiritu. 
She  is  also  a  Catholic,  but  she 


has  been  faithfully  reading  her 
New  Testament  for  a  year  now 
and  is  wanting  to  be  able  to 
understand  God's  Word  better. 
We  hope  to  begin  a  Bible  study 
with  her  soon. 

Many  things  are  happening 
politically  and  economically 
here  in  Manila.  Time  and  space 
do  not  allow  me  to  go  into 
detail.  Please  pray  for  peace  in 
the  Philippines.  Pray  for  con- 
tinued opportunities  for  the 
gospel  witness.  Pray  especially 
for  continued  open  doors  and 
visa  approvals  for  incoming 
missionaries. 

As  always,  pray  for  the  lost! 
Only  Christ  in  a  person's  life 
can  bring  lasting  peace  and 
blessed  assurance. 

Charles  Barnard 
REQUEST 
(Continued  from  Page  11) 
in  the  League  Convention, 
which  meets  at  Mount  Zion 
Church.  Surely  we  don't  want  to 
see  our  League  Convention  die. 
In  order  to  keep  it  alive  leagues 
must  participate. 

After  God's  blessing  during 
1983,  how  can  we  let  Him  down 
in  1984?  He  wants  us  to  seek 
Him  and  His  righteousness 
first. 


Charlie  Overton 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  11) 
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By  Little  Rock  Church,  Lucama 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Bryce  Rouse  1  50 

By  Rooty  Branch  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  A.  B.  Chandler  1  50 

By  AFC  of  Bethany  Church,  Winterville 
First  Church  of  Rocky  Mount,  Rocky  Mount  1  50 

Piney  Grove  Church  (Pitt),  Greenville  8  400 

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SERVANT  OF  GOD,  WELL  DONE 

Servant  of  God,  well  done. 

Rest  from  thy  loved  employ ; 
The  battle  fought,  the  victory  won, 

Enter  thy  Master's  joy. 

"    -  ^ 
The  pains  of  death  are  past, 

Labor  and  sorrow  cease, 

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CONTENTS 


Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   5 

Mount  Olive  College   6 

Foreign  Missions   9 

Children's  Home  10 

Family  Devotions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  14 

Your  Church  Can  Grow   4 

6  Steps  to  Effective 
Disciple  Making   4 

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THE  CHURCH 
LOOKS  AT  DIVORCE 

by  De  Wayne  Eakes 

constructively  with  minor  problems  before  they 
become  major.  A  happy  marriage  doesn't  just 
happen.  Marriage  needs  cultivation  and  nourish- 
ment. Last  year  we  instituted  a  "Family  Life 
Emphasis  Week,"  using  the  James  C.  Dobson 
film  series.  This  year  we  will  use  the  "Brecehen- 
Faulkner  Marriage  Enrichment  Series." 

5.  We  have  a  Family  Night  Fellowship  Din- 
ner once  each  quarter  in  place  of  evening  wor- 
ship to  encourage  family  participation. 

6.  We  have  been  having  a  "Cragmont  Fami- 
ly Weekend  Retreat"  for  about  12  years  as  a 
family  ministry. 

As  churches/ministers  we  must  be  sensitive 
to  supportive  and  healing  as  the  Church  Family 
Ministry.  We  as  the  church  have  to  deal  with  the 
problem  of  forgiveness  of  adultery  and  divorce.  I 
believe  that  an  "ounce  of  prevention  is  worth  a 
pound  of  cure."  The  church  must  strive  with  all 
its  best  resources  to  help  people  have  good 
strong  and  healthy  marriages.  When  divorce  or 
adultery  does  happen,  we  should  react  and  act 
like  Christians— and  not  like  an  assemblage  of 
Pharisees!  The  church  is  made  up  of  sin- 
ners—not morally  perfect  people.  The  act  of 
divorce  or  adultery  is  no  greater  nor  more  un- 
forgiveable  than  any  other  sin.  There  is  only  one 
unpardonable  sin  (cf.  Mark  3:28,  29)  and  it  is  not 
divorce  or  adultery.  I  believe  that  John  8 : 1-11  is  a 
fitting  Scripture  to  close  this  discussion.  William 
Barclay  calls  this  passage  the  "Gospel  of  the 
Second  Chance"  in  his  commentary  of  John. 
Therein,  Jesus  acknowledged  the  woman's  sin, 
forgave  her,  and  did  not  force  her  to  live  in  con- 
demnation for  the  rest  of  her  life.  In  Matthew 
22:37-40,  Jesus  identifies  the  supreme  command- 
ment. I  believe  that  He  meant  what  He  said.  I 
believe  that  "love"  is  the  supreme  command- 
ment and  must  take  precedence  over  any  other 
injunction  the  Scripture  gives  us  in  the  applica- 
tion of  faith  to  life. 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Part  4 

What  can  we  as  a  church  do  to  reduce  the 
vorce  rate  and  help  prevent  divorces? 

1.  Young  people  should  not  feel  that  after 
gh  school  or  college  they  "have  to  get 
larried."  Marriage  is  not  for  everyone.  Mar- 
age  should  not  be  seen  as  the  only  way  to  hap- 
ness  for  an  adult. 

2.  Churches/ministers  need  to  help  engaged 
mples  prepare  for  marriage  (some  things  can 
i  done  prior  to  engagement). 

a.  Talk  to  high  school  students  about  dating  behavior, 
sexuality.  Share  "good"  films  with  them.  Talk  about 
Christian  values  and  standards  on  morality.  Give 
them  good  books  to  read  (Letters  to  Karen  and  Let- 
ters to  Phillip  by  Charlie  Shedd;  Youth  Considers 
Marriage  by  David  R.  Moore ;  Sex  Is  More  Than  a 
Word,  Andrew  Lester). 

b.  Establish  a  pre-marital  counseling  ministry  with 
couples  who  are  engaged.  It  is  mandatory  in  my 
church.  If  a  couple  wants  me  to  perform  the  cere- 
mony they  have  to  complete  the  pre-marital  guid- 
ance first.  Support  your  pastor  in  this.  Don't  ask 
him  for  a  "quickie"  wedding  if  this  is  his  policy— 
At  present  I  am  involved  with  three  couples. 

c.  Engaged  couples  are  characteristically  starry-eyed 
and  have  romanticized  their  relationships.  They 
may  be  blind  to  their  spouse's  faults  and  their  own. 
They  need  to  "burst  this  idealized  bubble"  before 
marriage. 

d.  Love  is  the  only  valid  basis  for  marriage  but  it  is 
not  the  only  reason  people  get  married.  They  get 
married  to  get  away  from  parents,  prove  their 
adulthood,  and  because  of  premarital  sexual  in- 
volvements. A  lot  of  divorces  take  place  because  the 
relationship  was  in  trouble  before  the  wedding. 

3.  Ministry  to  newlyweds  is  another  option: 
newlywed  class  held  any  time  from  six  months 
the  first  anniversary  is  a  good  idea.  The  first 
$ar  of  marriage  is  one  of  the  most  critical 
jriods  of  marriage.  Many  important  ad- 
stments  have  to  be  made. 

4.  Marriage  enrichment  is  a  very  good  idea 
r  a  church  to  offer.  Enrichment  is  designed  to 
ilp  good  marriages  grow  and  to  learn  to  deal 


Your  Church  Can  Grow 

by  Robert  Gee  Witty 


Growth  by  Survey 

The  Plan 

1.  Obtain  by  survey  a  list  of 
prospects. 

2.  Sort  out  these  names  for  a 
contact  plan. 

3.  Include  in  the  contact  plan 
both  immediate  and  continuing 
follow-up  of  the  prospects. 

4.  Integrate  the  survey  infor- 
mation into  the  regular  constit- 
uency file. 

5.  Limit  the  time  for  gathering 
survey  information  not  in- 
tegrated into  the  regular  con- 
stituency file. 

6.  Discard  the  names  of  those 
who,  after  prayerful  contact,  do 
not  respond. 

The  Procedures 

After  initial  survey  the 
following  procedures  will  prove 
helpful: 

1.  Recognize  the  workers. 
Public  expression  of  apprecia- 
tion or  some  adequate  recogni- 
tion to  the  survey  workers 
should  express  the  church's 
thanks  for  special  service.  Such 
recognition  gives  value  to  the 
work  and  encourages  others  in 
the  effective  use  of  the  survey. 

2.  Put  the  plan  into  opera- 
tion. Two  methods  offer 
benefits : 

a.  Use  a  trained  group  of 
senior  members  to  telephone 
families,  giving  them  a  per- 
sonal invitation. 

b.  Mail  a  friendly  (form)  let- 
ter of  invitation  from  the  pastor 
to  each  prospective  household. 
This  gives  immediate  contact. 
(The  seniors  should  be  properly 
trained  in  order  that  their 
telephone  contacts  will  be  ef- 
fective.) 

3.  Form  an  evaluation- 
distribution  committee  from 
the  Sunday  school  for  visita- 
tion. This  committee  will: 

a.  Assign  a  visit  to  the  age 
group  that  can  best  make  an 


evaluation  of  the  prospects  of  a 
specific  household.  The  visit 
should  give  a  friendly  welcome, 
a  spiritual  message,  infor- 
mative literature.  The  visit 
should  obtain  information 
about  the  prospects  in  the 
household. 

b.  This  committee  will  need, 
on  the  basis  of  this  evaluative 
report,  to  discard  those  who  are 
not  prospects,  and  distribute 
those  good  prospects  into 
regular  church  constituency 
files  for  enlistment  or  cultiva- 
tion. 


c.  On  the  basis  of  tlf 
evaluative  report,  make  / 
separate  list  of  the  be 
prospects  for  an  immedia 
enlistment  visit  by  the  staff  ij; 
by  a  special  group  of  workers. 

4.  Recognize  that  the  value  ji 
a  survey  is  only  temporal 
because  of  mobility.  When  tl 
non-prospects  have  bee> 
discarded  and  the  possib 
prospects  contacted  and  i 
tegrated,  the  survey  should  t 
closed  until  that  time  whe 
another  is  needed.  In  mar, 
cases,  an  annual  survey  is  pr 
ductive. 


Readers  are  encouraged  to  sen 
ideas  and  successful  evangelism  pr 
cedures  to  the  editor,  to  be  printed  i 
her  discretion. 


6  STEPS  TO  EFFECTIVE 
DISCIPLE  MAKING 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  5199,  Jackson,  Mississippi.) 

Part  4 

6.  Patience.  Exercising  patience  and  consistency  is  vitallji 
important  in  the  disciple-making  process.  Remember  that  each 
person  in  your  Extended  Family  is  at  a  different  level  of  develop- 
ment. Not  all  fruit  ripens  at  the  same  time. 

As  you  are  involved  in  the  process  of  making  disciples,  it  is, 
important  to  let  the  Holy  Spirit  do  the  work,  and  not  take  it  upor 
yourself  to  force  a  decision.  Paul  Little  has  rightly  observed,! 
"None  of  us  can  play  God  for  another  person.  We  can't  determine^ 
the  stage  of  the  Holy  Spirit's  work  in  his/her  life.  It  may  take; 
several  years  for  him/her  to  come  to  the  Saviour  and  a  long  period 
of  disinterest  may  precede  his/her  decision.  For  Christ's  sake,  we 
must  love  them  nonetheless.  It  is  the  Holy  Spirit,  not  we,  who  con-; 
verts  an  individual."  i 

Trying  to  manipulate  a  non-Christian  into  a  "decision,") 
through  a  series  of  dramatic  appeals  or  pre-conceived  steps,i| 
results  in  a  staggering  number  of  "dropouts"  in  a  short  period  of 
time.  The  "new  life"  of  the  unfortunate  people  who  are  victims  ofi 
a  "quick-sell"  decision  rarely  becomes  a  reality.  Such  "instant 
evangelism,"  as  Samuel  Southard  puts  it,  produces  many 
"stillborn  babies." 

Helping  people  understand  the  implications  of  God's  uncondi- 
tional love,  in  their  own  time  frame  and  their  own  life  situation.1 
requires  patience  and  consistency.  It  is  a  process  that  should  not 
be  hurried.  View  the  act  of  expressing  God's  love  to  members  of 
your  Extended  Family  as  a  continuing  part  of  your  everyday  life, 
a  process  in  which  you  willingly  enter  into  a  long-term  commit-j 
ment  of  your  time  and  energy  for  seeing  your  friend  come  toj 
Christ  and  the  church. 

This  article  is  synthesized  from  one  chapter  in  the  new  book  The  Master's  Plan 
for  Making  Disciples  by  Dr.  Win  Arn  and  Dr.  Charles  Arn  of  the  Institute  for 
American  Church  Growth.  The  entire  book  may  be  ordered  by  calling  (toll  free) 
1-800-423-4844.  The  price  of  the  book  is  $6.95. 


4 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


otable  November  at 
jiving  Waters 

November  of  1983  was  a  very 
pecial  month  for  the  members 
f  Living  Waters  Church  at 
ikeville. 

On  November  2,  the  mem- 
ers  agreed  on  a  goal  of  $12,000 
as  compared  to  $10,000  for 
)83)  for  the  tenth  annual  Faith 
romise  Missions  Conference. 

faith  promise  is  a  promise 
lat  an  individual  makes  to 
ive  a  certain  amount  toward 
le  missionary  work  of  the 
tiurch.  This  amount  promised 
i  above  the  regular  tithes  and 
fferings.  The  goal  seemed 
Lmost  impossible  for  a  group 
E  less  than  one  hundred  people. 
During  the  conference,  which 
as  held  November  11-13, 
isiting  missionaries  gave 
eports  of  their  work  in 
akistan,  New  Guinea,  Spain, 
frica,  and  Indonesia.  The 
lessages  for  each  service  were 
rought  by  veteran  missionary, 
le  Rev.  Harold  Stevens,  who 
srved  27  years  in  South  Africa, 
sing  as  his  text  Mark  9:23, 
uke  1:37,  and  18:27,  on  Sunday 
lorning,  he  brought  an  inspir- 
lg  message  entitled  "Im- 
ossibilities."  At  the  final  ser- 
ice  on  Sunday  night  the  total  of 
le  faith  promise  offering  was 
L6.370. 

Sunday,  November  27,  had 
een  chosen  as  the  day  to 
elebrate  the  tenth  anniversary 
f  the  occupany  of  the  church 
uilding.  This  was  also  the  date 
>r  a  special  collection  to  pay 
ff  the  debt  of  $7,435.45  on  the 
uilding. 

The  anniversary  day  came 
ith  a  full  schedule  of  ac- 
vities.  Mrs.  LaRue  Taylor, 
hurch  historian,  gave  a  brief 
istory  of  the  church  since  it 
'as  organized  in  January  1973. 
ome  of  the  highlights  men- 
oned  were  that  129  people 
ave  been  baptized  and  $134,000 
as  been  given  to  support  mis- 
Lonary  work  around  the  world, 
he  also  paid  tribute  to  the 
eceased  members,  who  are: 


News  81  Notes 

Danny  Smith,  Annie  E.  Howell, 
Glen  Pope,  who  were  charter 
members;  and  Erick  Ethridge, 
Eddie  Gurganus,  Monroe 
Justice,  John  Lundquist,  Den- 
nis Smith,  and  Estelle 
Strickland.  The  pastor,  the 
Rev.  Royce  Reynolds,  brought 
a  challenging  message  at  the 
morning  worship  hour.  Hearts 
were  lifted  and  the  vision  in- 
creased for  those  who  were 
present. 

The  collection  for  the  day  was 
more  than  enough  to  pay  the  in- 
debtedness. A  note-burning  ser- 
vice was  held  as  the  climax  of 
the  afternoon  service. 

Central  District  Youth  Meet 

The  Central  District  Youth 
Fellowship  met  January  21,  at 
7:30  p.m.,  at  Hickory  Grove 
Church.  There  were  13 
churches  represented  with  an 
attendance  of  280  people.  The 
banners  were  given  to  the 
following  churches:  Cherubs, 
Elm  Grove  with  100%;  AFC, 
there  was  a  tie  between  Elm 
Grove  and  King's  Cross  Roads 
with  100% ;  YFA,  there  was  also 
a  tie  between  Elm  Grove  and 
Rose  Hill  with  75%.  The  church 
with  the  most  there  was  King's 
Cross  Roads  with  43  people  in 
attendance. 

The  program  for  the  meeting 
was  a  talent  contest  with 
talents  being  presented  from 
all  of  the  churches  wishing  to 
participate.  The  winners  were 
as  follows:  First  place,  King's 
Cross  Roads  Youth  Choir; 
Marlboro  Youth  Choir;  Cindi 
Moye  from  Marlboro;  and 
Charles  Herring  from  Bethany  ; 
second  place,  King's  Cross 
Roads  Gospel  Band;  La  Grange 
YFA ;  Kelly  Hart  of  La  Grange ; 
and  Tarboro,  First  Church. 
Congratulations  go  to  all  the 
winners  and  especially  to  all  of 
those  that  gave  their  time  and 
talent  to  participate  in  the  con- 
test. A  special  thanks  goes  to 
Hickory  Grove  Church  for 
hosting  a  great  meeting. 


RETIREMENT 
HOMES 


December,  1983 
Total  $2,797.85 

ALBEMARLE 

Mount  Zion 
St.  Paul 
Total 


CAPE  FEAR 

Bethel 

Lanwood  Chapel 
Total 

CENTRAL 

Bethany 
Conference 
Daniels  Chapel 
Edge  wood 
Rocky  Mount,  First 
Saratoga 
Tarboro,  First 
Total 

EASTERN 

Bridgeton 
Dublin  Grove 
Holly  Springs 
Oriental 
Total 

PEE  DEE 

Oak  Grove 
Total 

WESTERN 

Barnes  Hill 
Little  Rock 
Pine  Level 
Pleasant  Hill 
Rosebud 
Sherron  Acres 
Spring  Hill 
Stoney  Creek 
Wilson,  First 
Total 

STATEWIDE 

First,  St.  Cloud,  Florida 
Total 


$  92.77 
10.00 
$102.77 


$100.00 
25.00 
$125.00 


$  25.00 
250.00 
50.00 
5.00 
35.00 
50.00 
125.00 
$540.00 


$  26.00 
15.00 
500.00 
5.00 
$546.00 


$  31.58 
31.58 


$  37.50 
200.00 
250.00 
50.00 
50.00 
25.00 
125.00 
700.00 
5.00 
$1,442.50 


$  10.00 
$  10.00 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


YEW  AWT  TWO  REED 
THIS  HEAR  ARTIKUL 


An  illiterate  salesman  had 
been  sent  on  a  selling  assign- 
ment. His  letters  to  the  boss  are 
worth  reading. 

"Dear  Boss:  I  seen  this  outfit 
which  they  ain't  never  bought  a 
dime's  worth  of  nothing  from 
us— I  sole  them  a  coupul  hun- 
dred thousand  dollars  worth  of 
guds.  I'm  now  in  Chkawgo." 
Two  days  later  a  second  letter 
arrived  at  the  home  office.  It 
read  "I  cum  hear  and  sole  them 
half  milyon." 

Both  letters  were  posted  on 
the  bulletin  board  with  a  note 
added  by  the  company  presi- 
dent. Catching  the  spirit  of  the 
situation,  the  president  wrote  in 
this  fashion:  "We  bin  spendin 
to  much  time  hear  trying  to 
spel  instead  of  tryin  to  sel.  Let's 
watch  these  sails.  I  want 
everybody  shud  reed  these  let- 
ters from  Gooch  who  is  on  the 
rode  doin  a  grate  job  for  us,  and 
you  shud  go  out  and  do  like  he 
done." 

As  a  minister,  let  me  say 
this:  "Peopul  are  movin  into 
this  hear  community  and  we 
aint  getting  'em  invited  and 
vistud.  Least  wise  not  fast  enuf . 
Peopul  live  rite  near  us  and  we 
ain't  invitin  'em  to  church  and 
Bibul  Skul  and  they  don't  not  go 
nowhere.  Les  us  do  like  Gooch 
done  and  jes  do  our  level  bess 
with  what  we  have  and  wurk  for 
Christ  and  Christ's  church. 

— Nashville  Narrator 


Mount  Olive  College 


FEBRUARY  IS  CHRISTIAN  EDUCATION  MONTH  / 
FOR  ORIGINAL  FREE  WDLL  BAPTISTS 

Now  is  the  time  when  high  school  seniors  are  making  fin; 
plans  for  College.  In  mid- January  applications  to  Mount  Olive  Cc 
lege  were  approximately  70%  ahead  of  one  year  ago.  We  encouraj 
every  Free  Will  Baptist  student  to  consider  the  many  advantages  < 
attending  our  own  College. 

Mount  Olive  is  a  different  kind  of  college.  The  most  importai 
characteristic  of  Mount  Olive  College  is  our  commitment  to  Chri 
tian  faith  and  values  and  to  academic  excellence.  We  regard  eac 
student  as  a  child  of  God  and  we  seek  to  provide  for  him  or  her  th 
kind  of  educational  experiences  that  will  meet  his/her  needs. 

We  care  for  our  students.  Mount  Olive  is  known  for  the  clos! 
and  meaningful  relationships  which  exist  between  faculty  an1 
students.  The  campus  is  a  place  where  each  student  knows  he  ca 
turn  to  his  teacher  for  help,  understanding  and  assistance. 

Those  who  enroll  this  fall  will  have  the  option  of  continuing  £ 
Mount  Olive  for  four  years.  The  junior  year  will  be  added  this  yea 
and  the  senior  year  in  1985. 

Financial  aid  is  available,  based  on  both  merit  and  need.  Twj 
special  grants  are  available  to  qualified  full-time  Free  Will  Baptis 
students  from  North  Carolina. 

Annually  Four- Years 

$1,250  $5,000        Free  Will  Baptist  Tuition  Grant 

750  3,000        North  Carolina  Legislative  Tuition  Grant  (based  upon  | 

    appropriations  by  the  General  Assembly. ) 

$2,000  $8,000        Total  Free  Will  Baptist  and  Legislative  Grants. 

In  addition  to  the  above  programs,  students  may  qualify  fc 
Federal  grants  up  to  $1,800  based  on  need. 

Mount  Olive  College  also  awards  academic  honors  scholar 
ships  ranging  from  $500  to  $1,500  annually.  Other  grants  includl 
athletic,  music,  art,  and  ministerial  awards.  In  addition,  part-timi 
employment  and  loans  are  available. 

We  will  welcome  an  opportunity  to  assist  any  worthy  an 
qualified  student  in  arranging  a  package  of  financial  aid  that  wii 
meet  his  full  needs  in  attending  Mount  Olive  College. 

Students  may  visit,  write  or  call  for  application  forms  and  in 
formation:  The  Admissions  Office,  Mount  Olive  College  (Hendeil 
son  Building),  Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina  28365,  telephone! 
919/658-2502. 


COMING  EVENTS 
(Public  Invited) 

February  7  Voice  Recital,  7:30  p.m.,  College  Auditorium,  Irene 

Weldon,  professor  of  Music,  Mount  Olive  College. 

February  11  Financial  Aid  Workshop,  9:30  a.m. -12:00  noon,  Room  209, 

Henderson  Building.  A  workshop  designed  to  assist  pros- 
pective students  and  their  parents  in  applying  for  all  types 
of  financial  aid. 

February  16  North  Carolina  Writers  Series,  7:30  p.m.,  College 

Auditorium,  Agnes  McDonald  and  Mary  Snotherly,  Poets. 

February  28  Pierson  Lecture,  7:30  p.m.,  College  Hall,  Nido  Qubein, 

president  of  Creative  Services,  Inc. 


6 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISI 


SOPHOMORE  TUTORS 
JVOTIAN  STUDENT  AT  MOC 


it  was  different  this  time  because  he  was  having  trouble  just 
understanding  English.  We  have  to  go  over  things  several  times 
before  he  really  understands  what  is  going  on.  I  feel  I  am  really 
helping  Doua  because  he  has  a  'B'  average  in  both  English  and 
math.  That  is  my  greatest  reward!  " 


Judith  Taylor,  a  sophomore,  serves 
s  a  tutor  to  Doua  Moua,  a  religion  ma- 
>r  at  Mount  Olive  College.  Doua,  a 
ative  of  Laos,  now  makes  his  home  in 
'alifornia.  He  came  to  Mount  Olive  Col- 
ige  through  the  Free  Will  Baptist  mis- 
ion  work  being  done  among  the 
"mong  people  by  the  Rev.  Bob  Harber. 

Patience  and  a  special  kind  of 
:are— that  is  what  it  takes  to 
utor  a  foreign  student.  Judith 
raylor,  daughter  of  Mr.  and 
vtrs.  Carl  J.  Taylor  of  Deep 
lun,  has  been  practicing  those 
lualities  each  week  on  the 
dount  Olive  College  campus.  A 
ophomore,  Miss  Taylor  tutors 
..aotian  student,  Doua  Moua,  in 
English  and  math. 

When  Moua  arrived  at  the 
:ollege  he  had  a  terrible 
landicap  with  the  English 
anguage.  Miss  Taylor  agreed 
o  tutor  Moua  several  hours 
;ach  week.  "In  English,  we 
ead  stories  and  I  explain  to 
lim  what  they  mean.  I  also  ex- 
ilain  literary  terms  and  help 
lim  to  write  papers.  I've  helped 
lim  to  do  a  term  paper  and  he 
lid  well  on  it. 

"In  math  I  help  him  do  prob- 
ems  he  doesn't  understand.  I 
eview  with  him  before  he  has  a 
est.  Each  time  we  meet,  I 
mswer  questions  he  has  about 
Cnglish  and  math." 

The  Monday  and  Wednesday 
essions  have  been  the  best 
lind  of  help  that  Moua  could 
lave.  He  has  brought  his 
;rades  up  dramatically. 

Miss  Taylor  wondered  if  she 
:ould  do  the  job,  but  now  she 
inows  her  efforts  were  worth- 
while. "When  I  first  started 
utoring  Doua,  I  was  a  little  bit 
skeptical.  I've  been  helping 
ither  students  all  of  my  life,  but 

"HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


GIFTS  FOR  COLLEGE  HALL  CHAIR  REACH  $28,100 
A  total  of  79  convention  chairs  was  contributed  to  Mount  Olive 
College  during  the  week  of  January  17-23.  These  chairs  bring  to  562 
the  total  number  given  thus  far.  The  goal  is  800  chairs  that  can  be 
used  during  conventions  and  other  church-related  events  in  College 
Hall. 

The  cost  of  a  chair  is  $50  and  those  who  wish  may  make  pledges 
that  will  be  paid  on  a  schedule  determined  by  the  donor. 

Summary  through  January  23 

Needed                                      800  Chairs  ($50  each)  $40,000 

Gifts  to  date                             562  Chairs  28,100 

Balance                                   238  $11,900 


Donors  January  17-23 

Donors 

In  Memory  of  E.  H.  Holton 

By  Mrs.  Ovelma  S.  Holton,  Vandemere 
In  Memory  of  Clarence  S.  Bunn 

By  Mrs.  Zora  W.  Bunn,  Pikeville 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Ida  Lee  Wooten 

By  Stoney  Creek  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Goldsboro 
In  Memory  of  Irene  Trevathan 

By  Edgewood  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Macclesfield 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Minnie  Abrahms 

By  Edgewood  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Macclesfield 
Lee's  Chapel  Church,  Dunn 
Deep  Run  Church,  Deep  Run 
In  Memory  of  Carson  Baker,  Paul  Langley  and 
Mrs.  Eula  Jefferson 

By  Aspen  Grove  League,  Macclesfield 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Dennis  Pollock 

By  Riverside  Church,  Princeton 
Aspen  Grove  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Pinetops 
Spring  Branch  Church,  Walstonburg 
In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Hubert  Burress 

By  his  family,  Madelyn,  Carolyn,  Steve, 

Dorothy  and  Stephanie,  Pinetops 
Rose  of  Sharon  Church,  Williamston 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  James  V.  Joyner 

By  Kenly  Church,  Kenly 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Geneva  Jackson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ted  Dennis,  Greenville 
In  Honor  of  Earl  Deal 

By  Couples  Class  of  Reedy  Branch  Church, 

Winterville 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson 

By  George  A.  Merrell,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Elizabeth  M.  Merrell 

By  George  A.  Merrell,  Winterville 
Beaverdam  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Chadbourn 
Beaverdam  Bible  Class,  Chadbourn 
White  Oak  Church,  Bladenboro 
In  Honor  of  Virginia  Bynum 

By  Spring  Branch  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Walston- 
burg 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Alfred  Massengill 

By  Bethel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Four  Oaks 

In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ray  Narron 

By  Bethel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Four  Oaks 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Clarence  Harris 
By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Coon  Pittman  Jr.,  Wilson 

Dilda's  Grove  Sunday  School,  Fountain 

Roger  and  Grace  Davis,  Deep  Run 

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$  50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

200 
50 

50 

50 

50 
50 
100 

100 
100 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 
50 
100 
50 

50 

50 

50 

100 
50 


In  Memory  of  Oscar  Webster  1  50 

By  Trinity  Church,  Pantego 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Leo  Tripp,  Winterville  2  100 

In  Honor  of  Dot  and  Jack  Dail  1  50 

By  Jackie  and  Kent  Allen,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Fred  Rivenbark  1  50 

By  Mrs.  Mildred  M.  Crumpler,  Goldsboro 
Aspen  Grove  Layman's  League,  Farmville  1  50 

Marlboro  Church,  Farmville  5  250 

Long  Ridge  Church,  Mount  Olive  2  100 

In  Memory  of  Emerson  B.  Warren  1  50 

By  Saint  Paul  Church,  Newton  Grove 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Dianne  B.  Riley  1  50 

By  Senior  Sunday  School  Class  of  Saint  Mary's 

Church,  New  Bern 

Woody  and  Mary  Lou  B.  Pusey,  Norfolk,  VA  1  50 

Oak  Grove  Church,  Newton  Grove  6  300 

Pleasant  Hill  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Pikeville  1  50 

Daniels  Chapel  Church,  Wilson  1  50 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Hattie  Mae  Everton  1  50 

By  the  J.  W.  E.  Auxiliary  of  Daniels  Chapel 

Church,  Wilson 

In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  J.  W.  Everton  1  50 

By  the  J.  W.  E.  Auxiliary  of  Daniels  Chapel 
Church,  Wilson 

In  Honor  of  the  Sons  of  Daniels  Chapel  Church  1  50 

By  the  Men's  Fellowship  of  Daniels  Chapel 
Church,  Wilson 

In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  James  Pittman  1  50 

By  the  Men's  Fellowship  of  Daniels  Chapel 
Church,  Wilson 

Mrs.  Effie  Webb,  Elm  City  1  50 

Mrs.  Daisy  Owens,  Elm  City  1  50 

In  Memory  of  Howard  Lee  1  50 

By  Lois  Lee  Davis,  Oriental 
In  Memory  of  Jimmie  Lee  1  50 

By  Leona  Rice  Lee,  Oriental 
In  Memory  of  Wade  H.  Moore  1  50 

By  Mildred  C.  Moore,  Smithfield 
In  Memory  of  Edwin  P.  Creech  1  50 

By  Mildred  C.  Moore,  Smithfield 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Rose  M.  Raper  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  S.  Woodrow  McCoy,  Cove  City 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper        >•-  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  S.  Woodrow  McCoy,  Cove  City 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Hardy  Talton  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  D.  Jones,  Pikeville 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Mildred  Talton  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  D.  Jones,  Pikeville 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Dorcas  Barrow  1  50 

By  Oak  Grove  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Vanceboro 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Lena  C.  Walston  1  50 

By  Mr.  Frank  L.  Walston  Jr.,  Walstonburg 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Ethel  Lockamy  Dawson  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peyton  Lee,  Dunn 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Lillian  Jackson  Lee  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peyton  Lee,  Dunn 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Henry  Thaddeus  Lee  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peyton  Lee,  Dunn 
In  Honor  of  Dumas  Haldene  Dawson  Sr.  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peyton  Lee,  Dunn   

Totals  (January  17-23)  79  $3,950 


FIRST  BASKET  SHOT  IN 
COLLEGE  HALL 

To  the  roar  of  over  four  hundred  Students,  Faculty  and  Ad- 
ministrators, President  Burkette  Raper  received  the  symbolic  first 
basketball  tossed  on  the  court  by  Coach  Bob  McEvoy.  Calmly  turn- 
ing, he  shot  at  the  hoop!  Swish!  A  clean  two  points!  To  the  standing 
ovation  of  the  students,  he  passed  the  ball  to  the  team  with  the  com- 
ment, "That's  how  it's  done,  and  no,  I'm  not  taking  a  second  shot! " 
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The  shooting  of  the  basket- 
ball was  the  highlight  of  the 
student  meeting  held  to  explain 
the  student  use  of  College  Hall. 
Dr.  Raper  told  the  students: 
"This  building  represents  the 
goodness  of  many  people,  and 
that  there  is  no  tax  money,  no 
tuition  money  involved  on  its 
construction."  He  explained 
that  people  helped  to  make  the 
facility  possible  and  that  many 
of  those  people  would  be  shar- 
ing in  the  use  of  the  building. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


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I'm  going  to  the  World  Missions  Conference  and  Rally,  spon- 
sored by  the  Board  of  Foreign  Missions  on  the  Mount  Olive 
College  campus. 

FEATURES 

Downtown  Campus 

Seminars,  film,  banquet  for  those  who  can  attend  during  the 
day.  Join  us  for  prayer  at  9  a.m.  The  first  seminar  begins  at  10 
a.m.  All  who  attend  the  seminars  will  receive  the  book,  Mis- 
sionary Education  Helps  for  the  Local  Church. 

The  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  will  provide  an  excellent  selection 
of  mission-related  books  that  you  can  purchase  during  the  con- 
ference and  rally. 

College  Hall- 7: 30  P.M. 
World  Missions  Rally 

This  rally  is  for  everyone.  This  will  be  one  of  the  greatest 
events  of  the  year.  It's  on  Friday  night,  no  school  on  Saturday. 
Let's  fill  College  Hall  to  overflowing. 

No  registration  fee  for  seminars.  An  offering  will  be  received 
during  the  World  Missions  Rally  to  cover  expenses  and  help 
finance  the  van  der  Plas  trip  to  the  Philippines. 


SPORTS  EVANGELISM 


[HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


The  Physical  Education 
Department  and  the  Evange- 
lism Department  of  Palawan 
Bible  Institute  have  combined 
their  efforts  to  begin  a  sports 
evangelism  program. 

What  is  sports  evangelism? 
Sports  evangelism  is  a  Chris- 
tian team  engaging  a  non- 
Christian  team  in  competition 
for  the  expressed  purpose  of 
making  Christ  known  to  the 
non-Christian  players  and 
spectators.  Sports  evangelism 
is  not  new  or  original  with  PBI. 
But  it  is  a  new  and  exciting 
ministry  we  have  entered  into 
by  faith. 

Our  sports  evangelism  pro- 
gram has  three  objectives. 
First,  to  make  Christ  known  to 
unbelievers.  Second,  to  lead 
those  who  are  interested  and 
seeking  to  a  meaningful  rela- 
tionship with  the  Lord  Jesus 
Christ.  Third,  to  provide  train- 
ing for  our  students  in 
evangelistic  ministry.  Winning 
the  game  is  not  one  of  our  ob- 
jectives. 

October  28,  we  had  our  first 
men's  basketball  game  with  the 
varsity  team  of  Palawan 
Teacher's  College.  It  was  an  ex- 
citing game  that  ended  in  a  tied 
score.  But  most  important, 
each  PTC  player  and  coach  was 
given  a  New  Testament  and  a 
Good  News  Bible  study.  Every 
spectator  was  given  a  gospel 
tract.  At  the  half-time  break 
the  Palawan  Bible  Institute 
men  players  presented  a  pro- 
gram of  gospel  songs  and  two 
shared  their  personal 
testimonies. 

We  are  excited  at  PBI 
because  men  and  women  are 
being  trained  to  share  Christ 
with  others  and  they  are  doing 
it.  You  can  be  a  part  of  this  ex- 
citing sports  evangelism  pro- 
gram. We  need  you  to  pray  that 
the  people  will  be  responsive  to 
the  Word  of  God.  Also  pray  that 
PBI  players  and  counselors  will 
always  show  forth  Christian 
virtues.  You  can  also  help  pro- 
vide funds  for  the  New 
Testaments,  Bible  studies  and 
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Children's  Home  I 

A  HOME -A  MINISTRY 

Only  those  who  have  had  to 
live  outside  the  confines  of  a 
"normal"  home  and  family  can 
know  the  hurt  ( sorrow  and  pain 
of  separation)  of  being  totally 
left  alone.  Can  you  imagine  the 
many  feelings  a  child  must  feel 
when  he  realizes  that  his  family 
cannot,  or  will  not,  continue  to 
be  an  active  part  of  his  life?  To 
be  totally  surrounded  by 
strangers,  with  no  one  to  call 
upon,  must  be  the  ultimate  feel- 
ing of  hopelessness.  That  is  the 
reason  when  we  think  about  the 
Children's  Home  we  think 
about  a  ministry.  A  ministry 
that  God  has  given  to  us,  to 
minister  to  the  brokenhearted, 
the  lonely,  the  forgotten,  the 
stranger.  We  want  to  help  that 
child  understand  and  realize 
that  we  care  and  that  people 
throughout  the  denomination 
care.  Our  churches,  organiza- 
tions and  friends  care  about 
children,  their  hurt,  anguish 
and  loneliness.  We  might  or 
might  not  know  the  hurting,  but 
we  know  through  God's  love  to 
care  about  the  hurting.  Your 
child  care  ministry  is  grateful 
for  your  caring. 

Our  children  enjoyed  a 
wonderful  Christmas  and  holi- 
day season.  Each  child  was 
sponsored  by  a  church  or  in- 
dividual. Our  Christmas  wor- 
ship service  brought  joy  to  our 
hearts,  as  we  saw  Memorial 
Chapel  filled.  So  many  friends 
came  to  share  and  worship 
together  in  the  celebration  of 
the  birth  of  the  Christ  Child. 

We  are  currently  caring  for 
30  children,  who  are  all  well,  ac- 
tive and  doing  fine.  Our  resi- 
dent population  is  up  over  last 
year  and  we  continue  to  expect 
more  children  coming  in.  One 
major  problem  now  facing  us  is 
getting  enough  support  to  care 
for  new  children.  We  have  the 
program,  the  facility  and  the 
calling.  We  need  for  our 
churches  and  friends  to  con- 
tinue to  rally  to  the  task  that  is 
before  us. 

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Listed  below  are  the  ways 
God  will  meet  the  needs  of 
children  through  your  Child 
Care  Ministry: 

1.  Pray  for  the  children, 
staff  and  Home. 

2.  Visit  the  Home  and  meet 
the  children. 

3.  Make  a  personal  commit- 
ment to  support  the  Free  Will 
Baptist  Child  Care  Ministry  on 
a  monthly  basis. 

4.  Support  your  church  as  it 
extends  its  ministry  by  sup- 
porting the  ministry  to 
children. 

5.  Invite  a  representative  of 
your  child  care  Home  to  visit 
your  local  church. 

6.  Give  Honor  or  Memorial 
Gifts  to  the  Home.  The  Home 
will  send  acknowledgment  to  in- 
dividuals or  families  you  name. 

7.  List  the  Home  in  your 
will,  or  begin  an  endowment. 

8.  Volunteer  your  time  and 
labor  one  day,  or  an  entire  sum- 
mer. 

9.  Join  together  in  prayer 
teams  and  set  aside  special 
times  to  pray— there  is  power 
in  prayer. 

10.  Let  us  remember  God  has 
chosen  us  to  minister ;  children 
cannot  care  for  themselves. 


For  all  that  our  churches  an(" 
friends  have  done,  we  ar< 
grateful.  Remember  that  yoi 
are  sharing  in  the  life  ex 
perience  of  a  child.  Thank  yoi 
and  may  God  continue  to  bless 
you. 

Yours,  In  His  Service 
Bobby  R.  Tayloi 

Executive  Director. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISlj 

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RELIGIOUS 
CONTRIBUTIONS 

July  through 
December  31,  1983 


LBEMARLE  CONFERENCE 

elhaven  3 

100 

jrinth 

25 

ickory  Chapel 

921 

alachi's  Chapel 

650 

ount  Tabor 

424 

ount  Zion 

265 

istrict  Convention 

186 

if  th  Sunday  Singing 

100 

lion  Meeting 

21 

liloh 

196 

dney 

115 

mnd  Side 

392 

.  Paul 

285 

-•inity 

370 

nion  Chapel 

295 

Total  $ 

4,349 

\PE  FEAR  CONFERENCE 

3thel  $ 

710 

isey's  Chapel 

620 

aly's  Chapel 

460 

Dldsboro,  First 

950 

aymount 

113 

apewell 

228 

)hnston  Union 

312 

;e's  Chapel 

200 

ik  Grove 

700 

ilmer  Memorial 

434 

easant  Grove 

600 

Dbert's  Grove 

885 

lverside 

200 

lint  Mary's  Grove 

111 

lady  Grove 

883 

nithfield,  First 

420 

;e's  Chapel 

1,455 

ooten's  Chapel 

100 

elverton  Grove 

457 

inwood  Chapel 

50 

ount  Olive 

(40) 

Dwhatan 

150 

lint  Paul 

400 

nyrna 

200 

ephen's  Chapel 

200 

est  Clinton 

70 

ipe  Fear  Youth  Rally 

100 

Total  $ 

10,970 

BNTRAL  CONFERENCE 

spen  Grove  $ 

1,638 

yden 

30 

^thany 

873 

ack  Jack  (Pitt) 

806 

;dar  Grove 

150 

immunity 

10 

aniels  Chapel 

773 

llda's  Grove 

591 

dgewood 

72 

lm  Grove 

173 

ree  Union 

1,437 

riendship 

1,039 

am  Swamp 

1,147 

reenville,  First 

960 

rimsley 

arrell's  Chapel 

300 

ickory  Grove 

127 

Dwell  Swamp 

470 

ugo 

470 

Hull  Road  1,307 

King's  Cross  Roads  1,478 

La  Grange  481 

Little  Creek  970 

Marlboro  482 

Union  Number  2  26 

Auxiliary  Convention  10 

Ormondsville  1,136 

Otter's  Creek  101 

Owens  Chapel  196 

Peace  195 

Piney  Grove  ( Pitt )  198 

Pleasant  Hill  100 

Reedy  Branch  1,734 

Rocky  Mount,  First  275 

Rose  Hill  806 

Rose  of  Sharon  832 

Saratoga  276 

Spring  Branch  580 

Sweet  Gum  Grove  402 

Tarboro,  First  305 

Walnut  Creek  100 

Williamston,  First  211 

Winterville  1,475 

Piney  Grove  ( Beaufort )  303 

Union  Number  4  57 

District  Convention  295 
Total                                    $  25,833 

EASTERN  CONFERENCE 

Antioch  $  750 

Arapahoe  330 

Bethel  296 

Bethlehem  610 

Beaufort  Mission  187 

Bridgeton  426 

British  Chapel  200 

Cabin  70 

Christian  Chapel  388 

Crab  Point  98 

Croatan  300 

Deep  Run  432 

Dublin  Grove  606 

Edwards  Chapel  90 

Friendship  230 

Core  Creek  787 

Holly  Springs  757 

Indian  Springs  165 

Jackson  Heights  582 

Juniper  Chapel  1,654 

Kinston,  First  542 

Lanier's  Chapel  279 

Long  Ridge  175 

May's  Chapel  600 

Moseley's  Creek  345 

Mount  Pleasant  494 

Mount  Zion  (Pamlico)  365 

Mount  Zion  ( Onslow )  170 

Fifth  Sunday  School  Convention  50 

Union  Number  3  100 

New  Bethlehem  237 

New  Haven  681 

Northeast  427 

Oak  Grove  258 

Oriental  30 

Otway  50 

Pearsall  Chapel  542 

Pilgrim's  Home  350 

Pilgrims  Rest  50 

Piney  Grove  72 

Reunion  Chapel  50 

Rock  of  Zion  216 

Rooty  Branch  295 


Sandy  Plain 

20 

Smith's  New  Home 

150 

Sneads  Ferry 

200 

Smyrna 

250 

Snow  Hill 

745 

Sound  View 

114 

Spring  Hope 

10 

St.  Mary's 

976 

Trent 

80 

Verona 

150 

Wardens  Grove 

418 

Warsaw,  First 

300 

Westside 

1,123 

Whaley's  Chapel 

455 

White  Hill 

45 

White  Oak  Grove 

520 

Wintergreen 

20 

Woodrow,  First 

261 

Davis 

200 

Faith  (Brunswick) 

58 

Folkstone 

47 

Free  Union 

65 

Macedonia 

255 

Saints  Delight 

419 

White  Oak 

41 

Beaulaville 

725 

Auxiliary  Convention 

270 

Thirrl  Union 

X  1  111  VI     v     1  1 1  \j  I  1 

Sunday  School  Convention 

49 

Total 

$ 

23,334 

PEE  DEE  CONFERENCE 

Union  Number  1 

$ 

70 

Pee  Dee  Association 

61 

Oak  Grove 

1,452 

White  Oak 

100 

Mount  Calvary 

200 

Thomasboro 

50 

Union  Number  2 

100 

Total 

$ 

2,033 

PIEDMONT  CONFERENCE 

Cathedral 

$ 

20 

East  Rockingham 

195 

Heritage 

450 

High  Point 

637 

Highland  Pines 

342 

Holy  Cross 

100 

Mount  Olive 

100 

House  of  Prayer 

100 

Love  Gospel 

25 

Wayside  Chapel 

50 

Total 

$ 

2,020 

ROCK  FISH  CONFERENCE 

Mount  Moriah 

$ 

50 

Total 

$ 

50 

TOE  RIVER  CONFERENCE 

Roaring  Creek 

$ 

132 

Curtis  Creek 

39 

Poplar  Church 

111 

Odom's  Chapel 

358 

Total 

640 

WESTERN  CONFERENCE 

Agape  Mission 

$ 

150 

Barnes  Hill 

306 

Black  Jack  Grove 

511 

Branch  Chapel 

625 

Calvary  350 
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HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY,  k 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  11-13 

GENERAL  GRANT'S  LAST  WISH 
General  Grant  was  stricken  with  a  fatal  ill- 
ness. As  he  approached  the  end  of  his  life,  he  felt 
his  need  of  the  Saviour  and  His  sustaining 
presence.  He  called  for  a  minister.  Simply  the 
minister  presented  the  gospel  to  him. 
"General,"  he  said,  "God  in  love  sent  the 
Saviour  to  seek  and  to  save  that  which  was  lost. 
If  you  will  sincerely  call  upon  Him  from  your 
heart,  you  will  receive  from  Him  mercy  and 
abundant  pardon! "  When  the  minister  knelt  and 
prayed,  God  opened  the  heart  of  the  general  and 
he  was  joyfully  converted.  God  cleansed  his 
heart  from  sin.  The  minister  was  elated.  "God's 
kingdom  has  gained  a  great  acquisition  in  your 
conversion,  General,"  said  the  minister.  Im- 
mediately General  Grant  protested,  saying, 
"God  does  not  need  great  men,  but  great  men 
need  God!  There  is  just  one  thing  that  I  now 
greatly  desire  since  Christ's  great  peace  has 
come  tome  .  . . ."  "What's that,  General?"  asked 
the  minister.  "I  would  like  to  live  one  year  more 
so  that  I  might  tell  others  of  this  wonderful  gift  of 
God's  love!" 


For  me  'twas  not  the  truth  you  taught, 
To  you  so  clear,  to  me  so  dim, 

But  when  you  came  to  me  you  brought 
A  sense  of  Him! 

MONDAY,  6 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  14,  15 

LEST  WE  FORGET 
A  Christian  girl  loved  a  missionary.  Before 
he  left  for  India  he  wrote  and  asked  her  to 
become  his  wife.  "If  I  do  not  hear  from  you,  I'll 
know  you  have  other  plans,"  he  wrote.  She  im- 
mediately wrote  a  letter  and  accepted  his  pro- 
posal. She  asked  her  brother  to  mail  the  letter  for 
her,  but  it  was  never  mailed!  The  girl  never 
heard  from  the  missionary  again.  Years  later, 
she  found  the  letter  in  the  lining  of  her  brother's 
coat,  yellow  and  crumpled.  It  had  slipped  there 
when  the  brother  had  put  it  into  his  torn  pocket 
and  he  had  forgotten  to  mail  it. 


Jesus  has  given  us  a  message  to  take  to 
others.  It  is  John  3:16.  If  we  fail  to  deliver  it, 
others  may  never  hear  about  Him. 


TUESDAY,  m 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  16-18 

I'D  RATHER  HAVE  JESUS! 
When  King  George  VI  and  the  queen  visitec 
Washington,  D.C.,  a  state  dinner  was  given  ii 
their  honor.  Chief  Whitefeather,  an  Indian 
began  the  program  by  singing  the  British  an! 
them.  After  the  applause  the  chief  sang,  to  the 
surprise  of  those  present,  the  hymn  whose  open! 
ing  words  are,  "I'd  rather  have  Jesus  than  silvei1 
or  gold! "  Later  in  the  evening,  the  chief  sat  neail 
the  king  and  queen.  Tactfully  he  asked  the 
queen,  "Do  you  believe  on  Jesus?"  The  queer! 
replied  graciously,  "He  is  the  Possessor  of  ml 
heart,  and  of  my  husband's  also!"  The  king! 
smiling,  added,  "I'd  rather  have  Jesus  thar 
silver  or  gold! " 


And  from  your  eyes  He  beckons  me, 

And  from  your  heart  His  love  is  shed, 

Till  I  lose  sight  of  you  and  see 
The  Christ  instead! 

WEDNESDAY,  « 
FEBRUARY  8 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  19-21 

JUDGE  PLEADS  WITH  MURDERERS 
Two  condemned  murderers  stood  before 
Justice  A.  C.  Saunders  to  be  sentenced.  The* 
judge  said,  "The  retribution  for  your  crime  if 
settled  by  the  law  of  the  land.  On  me  reposes  the 
duty  of  carrying  it  into  effect.  May  I  remind  yoi' 
that  you  will  appear  before  another  Judge,  the 
great  Judge  of  all  the  world?  Before  you  pass  in, 
to  His  presence,  may  I,  in  all  sincerity,  urge  yoi 
to  prepare  for  that  great  day.  The  way  is  througlj 
repentance  of  your  sins,  confession  of  them,  anc 
embracing  Christ's  forgiveness  assured  yoi 
through  His  blood.  I  beseech  you  to  accept  Chrisl 
now  so  you  may  walk  with  Him  through  all  eter 
nity!" 


A  miracle  has  happened  to  me  which  makes 
me  accept  the  miracles  of  the  Bible.  Thit 
miracle  is  the  new  birth  which  every  Christian 
has  experienced.  It  is  the  application  of  God's 
power  which  brings  about  this  change! 

THURSDAY, 
FEBRUARY  9 

Scripture  Reading— Leviticus  22,  23 

LET'S  SPEAK  OUT  FOR  GOD 
One  afternoon  I  was  asked  to  go  immediatelj 
to  see  a  Communist  who  was  dying  in  a  distanK 


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lospital.  His  Communism  had  seemed  to  satisfy 
lis  sin-darkened  heart  in  life,  but  in  death  it 
ailed  him.  He  asked  for  God's  servant  to  come, 
die  hospital  was  several  miles  from  my  home, 
ind  the  rain  was  pouring  down.  When  I  reached 
he  hospital,  I  found  the  man  in  a  coma.  As  the 
og  lifted  intermittently  from  his  mind,  I  told  him 
if  the  penitent  malefactor  who,  with  a  fleeting 
ireath,  called  for  God's  mercy  and  received 
orgiveness.  Soon  he  passed  into  eternity. 

A  few  days  thereafter,  I  had  his  funeral.  The 
nost  memorable  thing  about  the  service  was  the 
utspokenness  of  the  brother  of  the  deceased  for 
itheistic  Communism.  I  had  spoken  to  him  of  his 
Dst  condition  and  need  of  a  Saviour.  My  speak- 
ng  for  God  and  His  eternal  truth  seemed  to 
nake  him  only  more  vehement  in  his  denuncia- 
ion  of  Christianity. 


When  lost  men,  under  the  dominance  of  "the 
>rince  of  this  world, "  Satan,  are  so  outspoken  for 
rror,  let  God's  children  be  instantly  ready  to 
pen  their  mouths  for  their  God  and  His  im- 
erishable  truth! 

HftlDAY,  lft 
rEBRUARY 

cripture  Reading— Leviticus  24,  25 

THAT'S  NONE  OF  YOUR  BUSINESS! 
An  aged  Christian  stood  before  a  fount, 
raiting  his  turn  to  quench  his  thirst.  As  a  lady 
urned  away  from  the  fount,  he  said,  "Pardon 
le,  lady,  but  have  you  ever  drunk  living  water 
rtiich  Jesus  gives  to  those  who  ask  Him  for  it?" 
Tie  woman  was  offended.  Angrily  she  said, 
That's  none  of  your  business! "  Months  passed, 
"he  gentleman  was  asked  to  visit  a  dying  woman 
1  a  nearby  hospital.  When  he  came  to  her  bed, 
he  asked,  "Do  you  recall  asking  a  woman  if  she 
ad  ever  drunk  living  water  which  Jesus  gives? ' ' 
Yes,  I  do,"  he  said.  "I'm  that  woman! "  replied 
le  lady.  "Forgive  me  for  being  so  unkind  to  you. 
was  without  peace.  I  asked  Christ  to  save  me.  I 
xpect  to  die  shortly.  Be  as  faithful  in  witnessing 
5  others  about  Christ  as  you  were  to  me!" 


/  know  I  am  saved,  not  by  anything  that  is  of 
haracter  or  of  the  works  of  the  human  heart,  but 
y  the  blood  of  Jesus  Christ  alone. 

SATURDAY,  lt 
FEBRUARY  11 

•ripture  Reading— Leviticus  26,  27 

A  SOUL- WINNING  JUDGE 
I  have  a  friend  who  is  a  federal  judge.  He 
as  a  United  States  congressman  for  twenty-two 


years.  In  the  summer  he  was  working  on  his 
farm  with  one  of  his  Black  employees.  The  man 
said  to  him,  "Judge,  have  you  ever  talked  to  Tom 
about  his  soul! "  Tom  was  the  white  manager  of 
the  farm  who,  with  his  family,  had  lived  there  for 
many  years. 

"Why,  no,"  said  the  judge,  "I  don't  believe  I 
have." 

"Well,"  persisted  the  questioner,  "why 
haven't  you,  Judge?  I  have,  and  Tom  is  thinking 
about  it,  but  it  would  mean  so  much  more  if  it 
came  from  you.  Why  don't  you  do  it  now, 
Judge?" 

"Well,"  said  the  judge,  "I  will  sometime." 

But  the  man  was  relentless.  "Why  don't  you 
do  it  now,  Judge?  He  is  up  by  the  barn.  Why  don't 
you  go  and  talk  to  him  now?" 

The  judge  said  he  did  some  fast  thinking,  but 
he  couldn't  find  any  real  reason  not  to  do  so,  so  he 
dropped  his  pruning  shears  and  went  up  and  had 
a  talk  with  Tom.  He  told  him  what  Christ  had 
meant  to  him  and  to  his  family,  and  what  He 
could  mean  to  this  man  and  his  family.  Tom 
made  the  great  decision,  and  two  weeks  later  the 
judge  had  the  joy  of  seeing  Tom  and  his  family 
baptized  and  received  into  the  church.  "But," 
concluded  the  judge,  "the  thing  that  is  on  my 
conscience  is  this:  "Why  hadn't  I  spoken  to  Tom 
before?  And  how  many  others  might  be  in  the 
Kingdom  if  only  I  had  been  a  more  faithful 
witness?" 


/  now  regard  my  task  as  finished,  namely,  to 
give  you  a  picture  of  how  my  whole  life  was 
guided  and  had  significance  in  Christ's  high  plan 
.  .  .  .  I  pray  that  Christ's  joy  may  descend  on  His 
whole  humanity  and  that  mankind's  joy  may  be 
fulfilled  in  Him.  He  stands  at  the  door  of  its 
heart,  and  knocks.  If  mankind  hears  His  voice 
and  opens  the  door,  He  will  enter. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


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For  February  5 

I  AM  THE  LORD 

Lesson  Text:  Isaiah  43:1-7 
Memory  Verse:  Isaiah  45:22 

Many  times  in  the  Old  Testa- 
ment we  find  the  term  Lord  ap- 
plied to  God.  The  observant 
reader  of  the  Bible  may  have 
noted  that  sometimes  the  word 
appears  as  Lord  but  elsewhere 
it  is  LORD,  in  large  and  small 
capital  letters.  The  latter  is  not 
for  emphasis.  Nor,  when  it  is 
used,  is  it  a  translation  of  the 
Hebrew.  It  is  rather  a  word  that 
is  substituted  for  the  Hebrew 
text. 

The  Hebrew  word  adonai  is 
rendered  Lord  in  English,  its 
proper  meaning.  The  other 
term,  LORD,  appears  in  our 
translations  as  a  substitute  for 
the  Hebrew  YHWH,  the  cove- 
nant name  of  God  as  revealed 
to  His  people.  In  the  concept  of 
ancient  Israel,  this  name  was 
too  sacred  to  be  spoken.  Conse- 
quently, even  when  reading  the 
Scriptures,  devout  persons 
would  not  utter  it,  but  would 
say  Adonai  instead.  This,  in 
turn,  becomes  Lord  in  our 
translations.  (The  American 
Standard  Version  is  an  excep- 
tion; it  has  Jehovah  throughout 
as  the  rendering  of  YHWH.) 
The  point  is  that  wherever 
LORD  appears  in  our  text,  it  in- 
dicates Jehovah. 

However,  our  real  interest 
lies  in  the  meaning  of  the  term, 
and  we  must  remember  that  it 
is  a  name,  not  just  a  title.  From 
the  Scriptures  we  learn  that 
this  name  is  related  to  the  verb 
being.  When  Moses,  at  the 
burning  bush,  was  called  to 
return  to  Egypt,  he  said  to  the 
Lord,  "When  I  come  unto  the 
children  of  Israel,  and  shall  say 
unto  them,  The  God  of  your 
fathers  hath  sent  me  unto  you; 
and  they  shall  say  to  me,  What 
is  his  name?  what  shall  I  say 
unto  them?"  (Exodus  3:13).  (In 
the  Hebrew  idiom,  the  question, 

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"What  is  His  name?"  may  well 
be,  What  is  the  significance  of 
His  name?)  "And  God  said,  I 
AM  THAT  I  AM:  and  he  said, 
Thus  shalt  thou  say  unto  the 
children  of  Israel,  I  AM  hath 
sent  me  unto  you"  (v.  14). 

I  AM  may  signify  the  eternal, 
self -existent  One.  Jehovah  is 
the  God  who  is,  in  contrast  to  all 
else  that  may  be  called  god.  But 
more  than  this,  He  is  the  God 
who  is  with  His  people  (Exodus 
3:12).  Those  who  worship  idols 
must  carry  their  gods  with 
them!  Jehovah  alone  is  the  God 
who  is  with  His  people  to  sus- 
tain them  and  to  guide  them  in 
their  way.  This  is  the  concept  of 
God  that  is  incorporated  in  our 
lesson  today. 

Beginning  with  Chapter  40  of 
Isaiah  we  have  what  is  com- 
monly called  "The  Book  of 
Comfort,"  to  be  followed  by 
chapters  dealing  with  the  Ser- 
vant of  the  Lord  and  the  coming 
salvation. 

Comfort  is  desperately 
needed,  for  the  prophecy  envi- 
sions a  time  when  Judah  has 
ceased  to  be  a  nation,  her  peo- 
ple being  exiles  in  Babylonia. 
The  setting  is  some  one  hun- 
dred and  fifty  years  after  the 
death  of  Isaiah.  Jerusalem  has 
long  since  been  destroyed. 
"Thy  holy  cities  are  a 
wilderness,  Zion  is  a 
wilderness,  Jerusalem  a 
desolation.  Our  holy  and  our 
beautiful  house  [the  temple], 
where  our  fathers  praised  thee, 
is  burned  up  with  fire:  and  all 
our  pleasant  things  are  laid 
waste"  (64:10,  11). 

The  exile  has  lasted  some 
fifty  years  or  more,  and  the 
people  are  in  great  distress. 
"This  is  a  people  robbed  and 
spoiled;  they  are  all  of  them 
snared  in  holes,  and  they  are 
hid  in  prison  houses:  they  are 
for  a  prey,  and  none  delivereth; 
for  a  spoil,  and  none  saith, 
Restore"  (42:22). 

Jehovah's  anger  has  fallen 
heavily  upon  them  because  of 
their   transgressions.  "Who 


gave  Jacob  for  a  spoil,  ari 
Israel  to  the  robbers?  did  nc 
the  LORD  [Jehovah],  h 
against  whom  we  have  sinned 
for  they  would  not  walk  in  hi 
ways,  neither  were  they  ob< 
dient  unto  his  law.  Therefore  h 
hath  poured  upon  him  [Judah 
the  fury  of  his  anger"  (42:2< 
25). 

Some   believed   that  Go 
was  no  longer  concerned  fcl 
His   people.   Isaiah  askel 
them,  "Why  do  you  say,  .  .1 
'My  way  is  hidden  from  till 
Lord   [Jehovah];    my  caus 
is  disregarded  by  my  God'  "J 
(40:27,  New?  International  Vet 
sion).  But  the  words  of  our  tea 
would  assure  them  otherwise 
God  had  subjected  His  people  t 
captivity  and  to  humiliation  a 
a  punishment  for  sin.  Yet  ther' 
was  love  for  them  even  in  th 
wrath  of  God;  and  as  the  Lor^ 
had  been  the  Author  of  punish 
ment  because  of  the  sins  of  Hi 
people,  so  would  He  be  th 
Author  of  their  redemption.  I 
was  the  nature  of  God  to  b 
gracious  to  His  people,  evei 
though  they  did  not  merit  sucl 
favor. — Standard  Lesson  Com 
mentary 

ATTENTION 
WOMAN'S  AUXILIARIES 
Now  is  the  time  for  you  to  col 
lect  your  per  capita  dues,  if  yoi 
have  not  already  done  so.  These 
dues  should  be  collected  during 
the  first  months  of  the  year,  hi 
time  to  be  sent  to  your  district 
treasurer  before,  or  in  time  fori 
your  district  convention.  The 
dues  are  $.40  per  member  pel! 
year. 

Send  these  dues  to  youi 
district  treasurer;  she  will  keep 
$.20  and  send  $.20  to  your  state 
treasurer.  It  is  necessary  that 
you  cooperate  in  this  as  these 
dues  provide  a  part  of  the  funds 
for  the  operational  expenses  oi 
your  convention.  Thank  you  foi 
your  past  cooperation;  we 
know  that  we  can  continue  to 
count  on  you. 

Your  State  Treasurer, 
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FOREIGN  MISSIONS 

(Continued  from  Page  9) 
tracts   to  be   used   in  this 
ministry. 

"And  the  Lord  said  unto  the 
servant,  go  out  into  the 
highways  and  hedges,  and  com- 
pel them  to  come  in,  that  my 
house  may  be  filled"  (Luke 
14:23).  Thank  each  of  you  for 
your  part  in  helping  us  to  go  in- 
to the  highways  and  hedges  of 
the  Philippines. 

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Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   6 

Children's  Home   6 

Mount  Olive  College   8 

Home  Missions  10 

Sunday  School  Lesson  11 

Family  Devotions  12 

Foreign  Missions  15 

A  Pastoral  Prayer   4 

Teacher's  Outlook   5 

The  Christian  Nurturer   5 

Volume  99  Number  6 


February  8.  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
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Are  They  Really  "Wacky"? 

During  the  course  of  an  average  day,  a  minister  is  "torn 
apart,"  shifting  gears  from  one  emotion  to  another.  He  re- 
joices with  a  young  couple  at  the  birth  of  their  child,  he  ex- 
periences despair  over  a  marriage  that  is  breaking  up;  there 
is  always  someone's  need(s)  over  which  he  is  concerned. 
Tragedies  only  serve  to  make  his  worry  over  financial  con- 
cerns at  the  church  or  in  his  own  home  seem  more  desperate ; 
and  then  he  is  faced  with  the  reality  that  his  family  needs  him, 
too.  Of  course,  we  cannot  forget  that  he  has  little  or  no  time  for 
his  own  emotional  needs.  All  of  this  has  a  way  of  catching  up 
with  the  individual— no  matter  who  he  or  she  might  be. 

While  thinking  about  the  various  gear-shifts  a  person  in- 
volved in  Christian  ministry  goes  through,  I  ran  across  the 
following  excerpt  of  an  editorial  written  some  years  ago  in 
another  publication.  Well  worn,  this  clipping  struck  home; 
and  I  share  it  with  you  below. 

A  perennial  question  was  tossed  to  me  on  one  of  my  recent  preaching  | 
missions.  "Why  are  ministers  so  wacky?"  You'll  notice  this  is  in  the  same 
category  as  "When  did  you  stop  beating  your  wife?"  But,  for  the  sake  of 
argument,  let  us  allow  the  assumption. 

One  of  the  reasons  that  ministers  tend  to  be  "wacky"  is  that  the 
demands  are  immense.  I  use  the  word  immense  in  the  technical  sense  of 
"immensus,"  that  is,  that  which  can  be  understood  to  a  degree,  but  not 
completely,  with  our  finite  categories  of  thought.  No  one,  least  of  all  the 
minister,  can  know  what  it  is  he's  supposed  to  be  or  what  he's  supposed 
to  do,  because  he  takes  his  color,  and  his  self-understanding,  at  least  in  a 
real  sense,  from  the  people  he's  called  to  serve.  He  is  essentially  a  lover 
and  an  enabler  of  love.  Now  love  can  be  a  touchy  subject,  and  most  people 
are  totally  bewildered  and  confused  both  about  their  feelings  and  how 
they  can  be  safely  manifested.  Enter  confusion. 

The  physician,  the  psychiatrist,  the  lawyer,  the  dentist,  the 
businessman  and  the  manufacturer  all  have  clear-cut  job  descriptions  ...  jjj 
seldom  are  they  forced  to  make  a  professional  response  on  the  basis  of  i 
personal  emotion  and  love. 

But  the  gospel  is  overtly  about  emotions.  It's  about  joy,  ecstasy,  fear, 
dread,  guilt,  loneliness,  and  personal  involvement  in  all  of  these.  Natural- 
ly, ministers  are  going  to  be  a  little  "wacky"  with  this  kind  of  crucible  in 
which  they  must  constantly  perform. 

When  you  consider  what  it  means  to  be  in  touch  with  the  Holy  Spirit  I 
in  terms  of  what  love  means  in  the  context  of  the  gospel,  it  is  the  most  ex- 
citing and  profoundly  precious  thing  that  could  happen  .  .  .  But  because 
the  ministry  is  so  intimate  and  profound,  it  is  relatively  rare  that  a  person 
should  be  able  to  "turn  on"  everybody.  We  must  lower  our  expectations, 
rather  than  glibly  assuming  that  all  ministers  are  "nuts"  and  should  not  be 
taken  seriously.  You'd  be  "nuts"  too  if  you  were  facing  the  same  24-hour  1 
life  and  death  pressures  every  day  from  hundreds  of  people,  each  one  of 
whom  had  different  rights  and  different  expectations. 

Be  kind.  Take  a  preacher  to  lunch  this  week. 

While  I  am  confident  that  there  are  those  of  you  who 
definitely  do  not  agree  with  this  gentleman's  assumptions,  do,  | 
at  least,  consider  his  premise.  Afterwards,  take  a  few  minutes  | 
and  formalize  your  thoughts  on  the  ministry.  Think  about  all  j 
that  is  involved— if  the  minister  is  doing  his  "job."  Above  all, 
let  your  pastor  know  you  appreciate  him ;  call  his  name  before 
the  throne  of  grace  whenever  you  pray.  You  will  be  surprised 
the  difference  it  will  make. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


REACHING  IS  .  .  . 


by  Donald  Charles  Lacy 
•d  Methodist  Church,  Ind 

sed  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  5199,  Jackson,  Mississippi  39216.) 


Meadowdale  United  Methodist  Church,  Indianapolis,  Indiana  \  \\^^h 


Our  Protestant  heritage  car- 
js  with  it  the  centrality  of 
eaching  in  congregational 
>rship  as  the  chief  means  of 
ivating  Jesus  the  Christ  as 
viour  and  Lord.  To  em- 
asize  worship  is  to  era- 
asize  preaching,  and  vice 
rsa. 

Our  laity  can  help  clergy 
come  better  preachers.  As 
mrades  in  the  cause  of  Christ 
id  His  church,  they  can  aid  us 
10  preach  in  communicating 
e  Word  of  God  to  hungry  and 
irsty  souls.  However,  before 
ey  can  really  give  us  a  help- 
g  hand,  the  professional 
Inistry  must  recognize  in  fear 
id  trembling  some  of  the  en- 
iring  essentials  of  preaching. 
;all  your  attention  to  a  begin- 
ng  list  of  twenty  character- 
;ics  of  faithful  preaching. 

1.  Preaching  is  sacramen- 
I:  it  brings  people  in  touch 
th  the  grace  of  God.  (I 
wider  how  many  preachers 
lieve  that  in  any  serious 
nse! ) 

2.  Preaching  is  saving:  it 
•eates  opportunities  for 
ecious  human  beings  to  come 

terms  with  their  Redeemer 

id  in  fact  be  made  right  with 
m. 


3.  Preaching  is  satisfying : 
both  preacher  and  parishioner 
have  a  need  to  share  thoughts 
and  feelings-under  the  guidance 
and  inspiration  of  the  Holy 
Spirit. 

4.  Preaching  is  scholarly: 
every  local  pastor  should  be  a 
"theologian  in  residence."  Too 
long  we  have  attempted  to 
separate  the  preaching  and 
teaching  functions.  The  pulpit 
is  to  be  occupied  by  a  preacher 
who  is  also  a  teacher.  Today's 
sensitive  and  well-educated 
laity  eventually  will  not  settle 
for  anything  less. 

5.  Preaching  is  searching: 
it  does  not  claim  to  lay  before  a 
congregation  pat  answers  to 
those  mysteries  where  Scrip- 
ture does  not  provide  clear 
answers.  Nevertheless,  it 
points  to  The  Answer.  And  it 
humbly  admits  that  its  value  is 
being  a  means  and  not  an  end  in 
itself. 

6.  Preaching  is  selfless:  it 
becomes  obedient  to  the  work 
of  the  Holy  Spirit  in  and 
through  both  our  intellects  and 
emotions.  In  short,  we  do  not 
preach  "the"  sermon;  we 
preach  the  Crucified  and 
Resurrected  Christ. 

7.  Preaching  is  sensible:  it 
explicitly  or  implicitly  presents 


the  option  of  belonging  to  Christ 
and  spending  eternity  with  Him 
or  belonging  to  the  world  and 
being  lost  in  Hell.  (We  may  not 
especially  like  the  word  "hell," 
but  our  Lord  manages  to  use  it 
upon  several  occasions.) 

8.  Preaching  is  sensitive:  it 
does  not  seek  to  dominate  and 
manipulate  those  whom  God 
loves.  (Of  course,  some  will 
perceive  anything  other  than 
positive  pointers  to  worldly  suc- 
cess as  being  insensitive.) 

9.  Preaching  is  serious:  it 
deals  with  man's  whole  being, 
in  both  the  present  and  ultimate 
terms.  We  are  not  entertainers; 
we  are  under  orders  from  the 
Master  .  .  .  and  that's  serious 
business. 

10.  Preaching  is  significant: 
it  really  doesn't  have  any 
substitutes.  In  preaching,  the 
Holy  Spirit  is  uniquely  at  work 
creating  a  dialogue  between 
preacher  and  people. 

11.  Preaching  is  social:  it 
does  not  occur  in  a  vacuum. 
Common  kindness,  cour- 
tesies, and  compliments  are 
important  to  gaining  the  right 
to  be  heard.  Most  will  listen 
gladly  without  padded  pews 
and  a  revolving  spotlight  on  the 

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pulpit.  However,  few  — if 
any— will  tolerate  arrogance 
and  disrespect  by  the  preacher. 

12.  Preaching  is  spiritual: 
the  preacher  in  the  pulpit 
represents  an  historical  figure 
who  is  now  present  through  the 
Holy  Spirit.  Therefore,  both  a 
mystical  and  mysterious  quali- 
ty exist  with  true  preaching, 
and  we  must  beg  God  that  it  be 
recovered  in  our  churches! 

13.  Preaching  is  stimulating: 
it  renews  moribund  congrega- 
tions and  calls  to  repentance 
those  who  hear  and  thus 
discover  the  saving  power  of 
the  Lord.  Let  us  not  write  off 
mass  evangelism  with  integri- 
ty. Yet,  we  are  mandated  to  be 
on  guard  against  ques- 
tionable—even enormously 
hurtful— methodolody,  which 
stresses  the  preacher  and  not 
Christ. 

14.  Preaching  is  strong:  it 
brings  the  Word  of  God  into 
meaningful  contact  with  the  liv- 
ing needs  and  concerns  of  a 
congregation.  Therefore,  it  is 
not  apologetic ;  it  does  not  back 
away  from  the  truth  as  it  is 
given  by  God  in  His  Word. 

15.  Preaching  is  subjective: 
while  the  Word  comes  to  and 
for  human  beings,  it  also  comes 
through  a  preacher  who  is 
tainted  by  original  sin  and 
whose  perspectives  are  limited. 
"Truth  through  personality"  is 
an  accurate  depiction. 

16.  Preaching  is  submissive: 
we  are  called  to  deliver  what  is 
given  to  us  and  not  necessarily 
what  we  might  like  to  preach 
about.  We  are  to  die  daily  to  the 
will  of  the  Master— and  that 
means  Sundays  in  the  pulpit. 

17.  Preaching  is  survival: 
there  is  an  urgency  on  the  part 
of  the  preacher  who  believes 
that  preaching  has  to  be  done. 
"Woe  be  unto  me  if  I  preach  not 
the  gospel"  was  never  more 
valid  than  today. 

18.  Preaching  is  sustaining: 
we  nourish  our  flock  and  they, 
likewise,  nourish  us.  The  in- 
teraction that  can  and  should 
take  place  between  preacher 
and  people  is  often  a  banquet! 

j 


19.  Preaching  is  sweaty:  we 
are  to  toil  and  perspire  until  the 
riches  of  the  faith  give  forth 
their  life-giving  gems.  We  who 
preach  must  probe  the  Word, 
study  and  apply  preaching 
skills,  draw  wisely  upon  the 
unlimited  sources  that  inundate 
us  from  the  secular  world,  and 
make  use  of  various  literary 
forms  in  our  preaching. 

20.  Preaching  is  symphonic: 
there  is  a  harmony  that  results 
among  God's  people  with  con- 
vincing clarity  when  preacher 
and  people  agree  that  to  be 
right  with  Him  is  all  that 
ultimately  matters.  Only  the 
Maestro  of  marvels,  the  Master 


Save  us,  Lord,  from  sinking 
into  sin.  Save  us  from  thinking 
we  can  disobey  you  and  please 
you  at  the  same  time;  from 
thinking  we  can  travel  to  some 
far  country  of  selfishness  and 
also  be  at  home  with  you ;  from 
thinking  we  can  do  whatever 
we  feel  like  doing  and  also  be 
acceptable  to  you.  Save  us  from 
giving  in  to  any  clever  and  at- 
tractive temptation  that  would 
cause  us  to  give  to  you  a  place 
in  our  lives  other  than  the  one 
you  desire  and  require  from  us : 
first  place.  Make  us  be  aware 
that  in  order  to  be  your  people 
we  are  called  to  think  your 
thoughts  and  walk  in  your 
paths.  Spare  us  the  tragedy  of 
being  casual  in  our  dis- 
cipleship:  willing  to  be  Chris- 
tian in  name,  but  not  in  thought 
or  deed. 

Save  us,  Lord,  from  empty, 
hollow  living.  It  is  not  a  good 
thing  for  a  person's  one  life  on 
this  earth  to  add  up  to  nothing. 
If  life  has  become  a  mean- 
ingless repetition  of  yesterday ; 
if  all  we  do  is  what  we've 
always  done;  if  what  we 
discover  is  what  we've  always 
known;   if  today  is  just  one 


himself,  can  conduct  suchjj 
concert! 

In  the  most  elemental 
sense,  we  are  called  to  worsh 
God  through  Christ  and  to  sen 
one  another.  We  are  not  apt 
do  much  conscientious  ar 
rightly-motivated  servin 
unless  we  have  first  worship* 
our  God  in  the  fellowship  < 
others  with  expectancy 
relevancy,  and  frequency. 

Saint  Paul  tells  us,  "So  fail 
comes  from  what  is  heard,  an 
what  is  heard  comes  by  th 
preaching  of  Christ"  (Romar 
10:17,  RSV).  You  and  I  are  n< 
likely  to  improve  upon  that  a 
we  seek  to  make  worship 
keynote  in  our  churches. 


I 

more  day  in  an  existence  thill 
has  no  point  or  reason  othtl 
than  the  passing  of  time ;  if  \J 
look  at  our  particular  lives  an 
wonder,  "Is  that  all  there  is?'; 
then  give  to  us,  Father,  a  clesi 
call,  an  invitation,  a  sum 
mons— perhaps  a  commanf 
ment  is  in  order!— to  be  si 
journers  and  pilgrims  on  tfti 
earth,  persons  who  travel  herr 
individually  and  with  other.' 
with  you  as  the  God  of  thei 
lives.  Provide  us  with  a  sacret 
glimpse  of  eternity  now,  ( 
abundant  living  now,  so  ths 
our  lives  can  be  filled  wit 
vitality,  faith,  hope,  and  love 
Make  that  sacred  glimpse  hoi 
before  us  the  exciting 
challenging  pursuit  of  ea 
cellence  in  all  we  say  and  dc 
Make  this  journey  on  earth  a 
inspiring,  wonderful  time  whe 
we  — yes,  even  we— becom 
friends,  followers,  of  the  Go 
Most  High.  Be  not  as  a  strange 
to  us,  Lord;  be  instead  as  th 
God  revealed  to  us  in  you 
Word,  in  the  person  of  Jesu 
Christ:  our  Heavenly  Father. 

And  we  will  go  on  our  way,  re 
joicing  and  free. 

Through  Christ  our  Lord  am 
Saviour.  Amen. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


A  PASTORAL  PRAYER 

by  Gordon  H.  Reif 
First  Presbyterian  Church, 
Chicago  Heights,  Illinois 


Teacher's  Outlook 


by  Lucy  Barrow  Mooring 


Dr.  Calvin  Mercer,  Doua's  advisor  at  Mount  Olive  College,  shares  a  quiet  mo- 
lent  at  the  Moye  Library  with  Doua  and  Professor  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  Doua's 
nglish  teacher. 


I  appreciate  my  Free  Will 
baptist  heritage  and  the  oppor- 
jnity  to  work  at  Mount  Olive 
!ollege,  my  home  away  from 
ome.  The  College  was  founded 
y  the  Church  to  provide  "a 
rogram  of  higher  education 
lat  is  distinctly  Christian  and 
lat  emphasizes  the  educa- 
onal  development  of  whole 
uman  beings,  the  service  of 
rod  through  serving  others  and 
le  value  of  the  liberal  arts  in 
n  educational  program.  As  a 
hurch- related  college,  Mount 
•live  seeks  to  assist  each  stu- 
ent  in  developing  his  full 
otential  as  a  child  of  God.  It  is 
1  the  fulfillment  of  this  mission 
lat  the  College  finds  its 
istorical  reasons  for  existence 
nd  its  continued  purpose  for 
eing." 


THE 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

by  Bass  Mitchell 

'art  I:  The  Care  and  Nurturing 
of  Sunday  School  Teachers 
Recently  a  Sunday  school 
uperintendent  said  to  me,  "We 
eem  to  have  lost  our  en- 
husiasm  about  the  work  of  the 
unday  school.  Teacher  morale 
3  at  an  all-time  low.  When  I  try 
o  get  them  together  to  deal 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Doua  Moua,  a  Laotian  re- 
fugee attending  Mount  Olive 
College,  yearns  to  develop  his 
full  potential  "as  a  child  of 
God."  Already  a  lay  speaker, 
he  dreams  of  becoming  a 
minister.  In  California,  Doua's 
home  away  from  home,  only 
three  pastors  serve  35,000  Lao 
Christians.  To  fulfill  his  dream, 
Doua  needs  and  wants  the  best 
possible  education.  Recogniz- 
ing his  need  and  potential, 
Calvin  Mercer,  his  advisor,  has 
worked  closely  with  Doua  and 
his  instructors,  and  arranged 
for  a  private  tutor  three  hours 
each  week.  With  such  help, 
Doua  is  succeeding. 

Working  as  Doua  Moua's 
English  teacher  at  Mount  Olive 
College  nudges  my  conscience 
and  encourages  counting  my 


with  the  problem,  only  a  few 
show  up.  My  other  efforts  have 
also  met  with  indifference  or 
even  criticism.  I'm  frustrated 
and  discouraged.  What  can  I 
do?  How  can  I  help  motivate 
our  teachers  and  inspire  them 
to  greater  commitment?" 

This  is  the  first  in  a  series  of 
articles  that  will  address  this 
common  problem.  How  can  we 


blessings.  As  a  refugee,  he 
faced  not  only  the  agony  of 
leaving  his  homeland,  but  also 
the  agony  of  trying  to  com- 
municate in  a  foreign  country 
with  scant  knowledge  of  its 
language.  He  speaks  and  writes 
fluently  in  Laotian,  his  native 
tongue;  he  is  struggling  to 
develop  the  same  skills  in 
English;  to  succeed  he  must 
translate  assigned  materials 
from  English  into  Laotian  for 
understanding  and  back  into 
English  to  prepare  assign- 
ments. Such  a  process  requires 
time,  given  willingly.  The  pro- 
cess also  requires  patience, 
diligence,  and  ability;  none  of 
these  are  barriers. 

Some  difficulty  with  relation- 
ship words,  tense  concepts, 
word  endings  and  general  rules 
of  grammar  still  exists,  but 
Doua  continues  to  improve,  an 
important  evaluation  criteria. 
The  following  quote  appears  in 
a  November  12  assignment,  a 
critical  evaluation  of  "escape" 
and  ' ' interpretative ' '  writing : 
"An  interpretive  story  presents 
us  with  an  insight  large  and 
small  into  the  nature  and  condi- 
tions of  our  existence.  It  takes 
us  behind  the  scenes,  shows  us 
the  props  and  mirrors,  and 
seeks  to  make  clear  the  illu- 
sions." 

Knowing  Doua,  a  dedicated 
Christian,  enriches  my  life.  In 
his  writing  I  find  a  "special 
kind  of  splendor,"  a  "pearl," 
slowly  nudging  its  way  from  the 
shell,  waiting  to  be  polished  to 
potential  brilliance. 


as  leaders  in  the  church  nur- 
ture teachers  in  such  a  way  that 
they  will  be  more  committed, 
motivated,  inspired,  and  en- 
thused about  the  teaching 
ministry? 

Now  we  must  realize  at  the 
outset  that  we  cannot  motivate 
teachers!  Motivation  must 
come  primarily  from  within 

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News  &  Notes 


Upcoming  Events  at 
Princeton  Mission 

The  new  Princeton  Mission 
had  a  revival  and  commission- 
ing service  on  January  9,  1984, 
through  January  13,  1984.  They 
had  good  services  each  night. 
The  Rev.  T.  C.  Farmer  was  the 
evangelist.  There  were  singers 
from  Catalpa  Church,  Tee's 
Chapel  Church,  Pleasant  Grove 
Church,  and  Haymount 
Church. 

For  the  commissioning  ser- 
vice on  Friday  night,  the  Revs. 
Alton  Howard,  T.  C.  Farmer, 
Ted  Bryant,  Dean  Kennedy, 
board  members  of  the  Cape 
Fear  Missions  Board,  deacons 
from  Haymount  Church,  Den- 
nis Canady,  Eddie  Mason, 
James  Mitchell  were  praying 
at  the  altar  for  the  Rev.  Smith 
and  the  work  at  Princeton. 

All  churches  in  the  Cape  Fear 
Conference  were  asked  to  be 
mother  churches.  It  was  asked 
that  they  do  not  take  anything 
away  from  their  own  church's 
donations  to  other  denomina- 
tional enterprises,  but  pray  for 
this  work  and  send  all  dona- 
tions to  H.  T.  Hinson,  treasurer 
of  Cape  Fear  Conference, 
Route  2,  Dunn,  North  Carolina, 
earmarked  for  the  Cape  Fear 
Missions  Board. 

Sherron  Acres  to  Celebrate 
Its  50th  Anniversary 

Sherron  Acres  Church,  1300 
Lynn  Road,  Durham,  will 
celebrate  its  50th  anniversary 
on  February  19,  1984. 

On  February  18,  1934,  about 
15  people  met  in  a  small  house 
in  the  community  and  orga- 
nized a  church.  God  used 
Brother  Q.  Hansley  as  founder 
and  Brother  R.  L.  Hutchins  as 
co-founder.  The  late  Rev. 
Henry  Melvin  presided  over  the 
organizational  meeting. 

God  has  blessed  the  church 
through  the  years.  Many  young 
men  have  heard  the  call  of  God 
to  preach  and  have  responded. 

On  the  50th  anniversary  one 
of  the  co-founder's  grandsons, 


the  Rev.  J.  C.  Lynn,  will  teach 
all  adult  Sunday  school  classes. 
During  the  morning  worship 
hour,  Mrs.  Hansley,  the 
founder's  widow,  will  receive 
special  recognition.  The  Rev. 
Wingate  Hansley,  the  founder's 
son,  will  preach  the  morning 
message. 

Following  the  worship  ser- 
vice, lunch  will  be  served  in  the 
fellowship  hall.  A  memorial 
service  will  follow.  Special 
recognition  will  be  given  to  all 
former  pastors  and  sons  in  the 
ministry.  They  will  each  bring 
brief  greetings. 

An  invitation  has  been  ex- 
tended to  all  former  pastors 


/. 

and  sons  in  the  ministry.  AI 
former  members  and  theii 
families  are  invited. 


Oak  Grove  Church 
Has  Baptism 

On  February  5,  1984,  Oa 
Grove  Church,  Route  3,  Elr 
City,  held  a  baptismal  servic€ 
There  were  5  candidates  to  1 
baptized.  This  totals  36  tha 
have  been  baptized  in  the  past 
years  since  the  Rev.  Clarenci 
Harris  has  been  pastor  of  th 
church.  There  have  been  21  tha 
moved  their  memberships  b; 
letter.  Thanks  go  to  Mr.  Harri 
and  his  wife. 


Children's  Home 


"A  NEW  ADDITION" 


On  Friday,  January  20,  the  Children's  Home  had  a  new  addition 
to  its  family  ...  a  pin-ball  machine!  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  Hersh  oil 
Raleigh  donated  the  new  addition  to  our  family  of  recreation,  and  I 
was  delivered  in  excellent  condition!  This  is  only  "part"  of  th<' 
goings-on  in  the  renovation  of  our  new  Recreation  and  Activitie:1 
program.  Along  with  the  new  program  will  be  a  well-plannec 
system  of  supervision  to  assure  us  AND  YOU  that  our  investment! 
of  time  and  energy  are  well  protected.  We  believe  that  our  childrei 
need  and  deserve  the  right  of  recreational  opportunities. 

We  would  like  to  publicly  acknowledge  this  gift  from  the  Herslj 
family,  and  thank  them  for  their  kindness.  But  there  is  more  to  i 
than,  just  "Thank  you."  We  have  not  simply  added  to  our  inventory 
of  recreational  supplies  ...  we  have  added  to  our  register  of  peopl< 
who  care  .  .  .  ABOUT  OUR  CHILDREN. 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


"A  NEW  FACE  IN 
TUTORING" 


CHILDREN  TAKE  TRIP! 


As  many  of  you  may  know, 
rs.  Hilda  Boone  is  no  longer 
ith  us  as  Educational  Coor- 
nator  and  Tutor.  We  ap- 
'eciate  the  contributions  that 
rs.  Boone  made  during  her 
srvice  with  the  Children's 
ome,  and  we  will  miss  her. 
But,  as  the  Lord  has  prom- 
ed,  He  did  not  "leave  us  com- 
•rtless."  (A  bit  out  of 
mtext!)  After  much  prayer 
id  deliberation  we  selected 
le  well-qualified  applicant  to 
il  the  position. 

Mr.  Clint  Johnson,  a  resident 
Sims,  North  Carolina,  is  a 
.A.  graduate  of  North 
irolina  State  University,  and 
M.A.  graduate  of  East 
arolina  University.  His 
aster's  studies  were  in 
ducational  Administration, 
r.  Johnson  is  currently  serv- 
g  as  principal  at  Vinson- 
ynum  School  in  the  Wilson 
Dunty  School  System.  He  has 
id  an  accumulative  ex- 
jrience  of  above  seven  years 
}  principal  of  public  schools, 
id  four  years  as  a  public 
:hool  teacher.  Mr.  Johnson 
is  a  genuine  interest  in  our 
lildren  and  is  excited  about 
s  work  with  the  Children's 
ome.  He  has  already  won  the 
jarts  of  the  children  being 
itored,  by  bringing  a  com- 
lter  to  incorporate  into  his 
aching  strategies. 
We  thank  God  for  His 
ridance  in  providing  a  person 
!  his  caliber.  Pray  for  our 
itoring  ministry,  for  we  have 
iveral  "special  students"  with 
feat  educational  needs. 


On  January  25,  our  children, 
ages  5  to  11,  enjoyed  a  tour  of 
the  Wilson  Fire  Department. 
Upon  arrival  at  the  fire 
station,  the  children  viewed 
and  learned  about  the  different 
types  of  trucks  and  equipment 
used  by  the  department.  A  fire 
safety  film  was  also  shown  to 
the  children.  The  highlight  of 
the  tour  was  a  visit  by 
"Sparky,"  the  department's 
fire  dog.  "Sparky"  delivered 
coloring  books  to  the  children. 
We  thank  the  Wilson  Fire 
Department  for  an  informative 
and  interesting  tour. 


"RECREATION  IS  A  MUST!" 

Remember  the  cliche,  "All 
work  and  no  play  makes  Jack  a 
dull  boy"?  That  may  not  win 
the  Nobel  Prize  for  great 
psychological  findings  in  1984, 
but  we  see  it  as  holding  a  great 
deal  of  truth  in  working  with 
children  and  young  people. 
Wholesome  recreation  for 
young  people  is  like  "apples  of 
gold  in  pitchers  of  silver!"  It 
stimulates  excitement  and  pro- 
vides a  vent  for  stress ;  it  helps 
eliminate  boredom,  one  of  the 


major  causes  of  discipline 
problems;  it  provides  a  much- 
needed  interaction  with  people 
and  experiences  in  the  "out- 
side world"  ;  and  it  shows  our 
children  that  we  are  interested 
in  every  aspect  of  their  lives. 

January  began  our  new  '84 
Activities  Schedule.  We  are  ex- 
cited about  what  the  year  holds 
for  recreation  activities.  Begin- 
ning January,  Bill  Laws  of 
Wilson  invited  our  young  people 
to  his  "Space  Odyssey"  for  an 
hour  of  video  games,  to  be  con- 
tinued one  Monday  night  of 
each  month.  On  January  21,  we 
took  a  group  to  Morehead 
Planetarium  in  Chapel  Hill, 
preceded  by  a  picnic  lunch. 
February  activities  include 
bowling  at  Western  Lanes  in 
Wilson,  and  Roll-A-Wheel 
rollerskating. 

If  anyone  would  like  to  par- 
ticipate in  providing  at  least 
one  major  activity  each  month 
for  our  children,  please  feel 
free  to  let  us  know.  This  is  one 
way  that  we  can  continue  to 
provide  TOTAL  CARE  for  our 
children. 


MATERIALS  AVAILABLE 

The  Free  Will  Baptist 
Children's  Home  will  be  happy 
to  supply  your  church  will  pro- 
motional materials:  special  of- 
fering folders,  bulletins, 
bulletin  inserts,  and  memorial 
gift  envelopes.  We  would  also 
be  happy  to  print  and  furnish 
bulletins  for  your  special  ser- 
vices or  meetings.  You  may  ob- 
tain these  materials  or  services 
by  writing  to  us  at  P.O.  Box  249, 
Middlesex,  North  Carolina 
27557,  or  calling  (919)  235-2161. 


HONORARY  AND  MEMORIAL  GD7TS 

What  a  pleasant  surprise  it  would  be  to  open  your  mail  and  find 
that  someone  appreciates  you  enough  to  send  a  gift  to  the 
Children's  Home  in  your  honor!  You  can  brighten  the  day  of  a 
friend,  loved  one,  co-worker— anyone— by  making  a  contribution  to 
the  Children's  Home  in  honor  of  that  person.  All  you  have  to  do  is  to 
send  your  gift  earmarked  as  an  honorary  gift  and  give  us  the  name 
and  address  of  that  person  so  that  we  can  send  him  a  card  of 

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HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


7 


David  and  Hallie  Still  from  Zion  Church  of  the  Paul  Palmer  Conference, 
Blakely,  Georgia,  attended  the  Grand  Opening  of  College  Hall.  David  Still  video- 
taped all  of  the  Grand  Opening  ceremonies. 

Shown  above  during  a  tour  of  the  campus  are  (l-r)  JoAnn  Pennington,  Gift 
Records  Secretary,  the  Stills,  and  Dianne  Riley,  Director  of  Admissions.  The  Stills 
also  spent  nearly  a  week  visiting  the  various  denominational  enterprises  in  North 
Carolina. 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE  TO 
SPONSOR  FINANCIAL  AID  WORKSHOP 

Mount  Olive  College  is  offering  an  opportunity  for  students  to 
plan  for  their  future  educational  needs.  A  special  Financial  Aid 
Workshop  for  students  and  their  parents  is  set  for  February  18  in 
the  Henderson  Building,  room  209.  There  is  no  registration  fee. 

Students  attending  any  college  in  the  fall  will  receive  specific 
instructions  on  the  programs  and  the  procedures  to  be  followed  in 
the  application  for  financial  aid.  A  wide  range  of  financial  aid  is 
available— scholarships,  grants,  loans  and  work  study. 

The  schedule  for  the  day  includes : 

Registration  and  Refreshments  9:30  a.m. 

Opening  Remarks  10:00  a.m. 

Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  President 

Dr.  Opey  D.  Jeanes,  Dean 

Workshop  10:15a.m. 

Vicky  Bell,  Director  of  Financial  Aid,  will  explain: 
Programs  of  Aid 
Procedures  for  Application 

Question  and  Answer  Session  11:30  a.m. 

Conclusion  12:00  noon 

Mount  Olive  College  awards  academic  honors  scholarships 
ranging  from  $500  to  $1,500  annually.  Other  grants  include  athletic, 
music,  art  and  ministerial  awards.  Part-time  employment  and 
loans  are  available.  Qualified  Free  Will  Baptist  students  are  of- 
fered a  $1,250  Tuition  Grant  and  full-time  North  Carolina  students 
are  eligible  for  the  $750  North  Carolina  Legislative  Tuition  Grant. 

For  information  on  the  workshop,  call  Vicky  Bell,  919/658-4933, 
or  write  The  Director  of  Financial  Aid,  Mount  Olive  College,  Mount 
Olive,  North  Carolina  28365. 


Endowment  of  the  Week 

H 
l 

AMOS  AND  BERTIE  1 
WHALEY  HOWARD 

ENDOWMENT 
Mount  Olive  College 


Amos  and  Bertie  Whaley  Howard 

The  Howard  Endowment  ha 
been  established  by  th 
children  of  Amos  and  Berti 
Whaley  Howard  as  a  livinj 
tribute  to  their  parents  and  fo 
the  advancement  of  Christian 
education. 

Amos  Howard  (born  1895 
and  Bertie  Whaley  (born  1896) 
both  natives  of  Lenoir  County 
North  Carolina,  were  marries 
in  1914  and  were  the  parents  q 
twelve  children,  of  whom 
eleven  are  still  living. 

In  response  to  a  request  foj 
information  about  thei: 
parents,  Versie  (Mrs.  W.  E. 
Baldree  of  New  Bern  and  Ver 
die  (Mrs.  Edward)  Hill  of  Pin! 
Hill  wrote : 

"They  both  accepted  Christ  in 
their  early  teens  and  united  with 
Smith's  New  Home  Church,  Deep 
Run.  They  were  married  January 
4,  1914. 

"Mama  and  Pa  worked  side  by 
side  on  the  farm  for  about  thirty 
years  and  also  operated  a  small 
grocery  store  for  a  few  years. 
They  learned  to  live  at  home  by 
growing  and  preserving  most  of 
the  food  they  ate. 

"Though  busy  taking  care  of  a 
large  family,  they  always  took 
time  to  worship  God  and  to  instill 
in  their  children  the  love  of  God 
and  their  fellowman.  Their 
greatest  desire  was  that  their 
children  would  become  Chris- 
tians. They  have  seen  each  one 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS1 


accept  Christ  as  his  personal 
Saviour. 

"In  1945  they  left  the  farming  to 
three  of  the  sons,  and  moved  to 
Pink  Hill.  They  opened  a 
restaurant  and  served  home 
cooked  meals.  After  they  retired 
from  the  restaurant,  they  still 
kept  busy,  Pa  helping  a  son  in  a 
country  store,  and  Mama 
quilting,  crocheting,  visiting  the 
sick  and  shut-in.  Since  Pa's  death 
in  1965,  Mama  has  taken  art 
lessons  and  has  painted  dozens  of 
pictures,  some  decorate  her 
home  and  others  she  has  shared 
with  her  children,  grandchildren, 
pastor  and  friends. 

"Mama  who  is  affectionately 
called  'Miss  Bertie,'  loves  her 
Lord,  her  church,  and  is  always 
faithful  in  attendance  at  worship 
services,  Sunday  school  and 
Woman's  Auxiliary.  She  attends 
many  conferences  and  conven- 
tions and  was  chosen  Free  Will 
Baptist  Woman  of  the  Year  in 
1972.  She  is  an  avid  supporter  of 
all  our  denominational  enter- 
prises. She  is  87  years  young  and 
in  good  health,  for  which  she 
gives  credit  to  her  Lord. 

"We  thank  God  for  the  lives  of 
our  parents,  the  contribution  they 
have  made  to  the  Kingdom  of 
God,  their  family,  friends,  and  to 
our  Free  Will  Baptist  denomina- 
tion." 

The  Howard  children,  in 
rder  of  birth,  are:  Verna  Lee 
oward,  Kinston;  Horace  A. 
oward,  Pink  Hill;  Verdie 
VIrs.  Edward)  H.  Hill,  Pink 
ill;  Harold  F.  Howard,  Pink 
ill;  Versie  (Mrs.  W.  E.) 
aldree,  New  Bern;  Haywood 
?.  Howard,  Pink  Hill  ;  Heber  L. 
bward,  Deep  Run;  Hugh  H. 
bward,  Pink  Hill;  Houston  B. 
oward,  Pink  Hill;  Eloise  H. 
Worth)  Hemby,  Kinston; 
sanette  H.  (Winford)  Duff, 
eulaville;  and  Henry  Clay 
oward  (deceased). 


RELIGION  DEPARTMENT 
TO  SPONSOR  FILM 

"Memories  and  Perspec- 
ves,"  a  film  depicting  the  life 
f  Dietrich  Bonhoeffer,  will  be 
tiown  March  2,  7:30  p.m.,  in 
ollege  Auditorium.  This  event 
!  open  to  the  public  free  of 
harge. 

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67  MORE  CHAIRS  CONTRIBUTED  TO  COLLEGE  HALL 

The  gift  of  sixty-seven  more  chairs  for  College  Hall  during  the 
week  ending  January  30  brought  to  629  the  total  number  given  to 
date.  The  College  is  seeking  contributions  of  $50  each  for  a  total  of 
800  chairs  which  will  be  used  for  conventions  and  other  church- 
related  events. 

The  chairs,  along  with  over  1,200  bleacher  seats,  will  bring  to 
more  than  2,000  the  number  of  people  who  can  be  seated  on  the 
main  floor  of  College  Hall.  Several  hundred  additional  persons  can 
be  accommodated  in  the  480-foot  balcony  which  surrounds  the 
arena. 


Needed 
Gifts  to  date 
Balance 


Summary  Through  January  30 

800  Chairs  ($50  each) 

629  Chairs 

171 

Donors  January  24-30 


Donors 

In  Memory  of  Sam  Hocutt 

By  Mrs.  S.  H.  Hocutt,  Goldsboro 
Sidney  Church,  Belhaven 
Mrs.  Alfred  Massengill,  Four  Oaks 
In  Memory  of  Horace  E.  Mixon 

By  Sudie  M.  Mixon,  Wilson 
Little  Creek  Church,  Ayden 
Mrs.  Ruth  L.  Warrick,  Clayton 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  Floyd  Cherry 

By  Mrs.  Ruth  L.  Warrick,  Clayton 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Floyd  Cherry 

By  Mrs.  Ruth  L.  Warrick,  Clayton 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Floyd  Newsome,  Wilson 
In  Memory  of  Roger  D.  Rowe  Sr. 

By  Mrs.  Leoria  C.  Watson,  Kenly 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Adrian  Grubbs 

By  Deep  Run  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Deep  Run 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Bertha  Harper 

By  Deep  Run  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Deep  Run 
In  Memory  of  Murray  Wade  Boyette 

By  Mrs.  Murray  Wade  Boyette  and  Family,  Trenton 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Murray  Wade  Boyette 

By  Sue  Sutton,  Nelson  Boyette,  John  Boyette  and 

Families,  Trenton 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  James  R.  Lancaster 

By  Rose  of  Sharon  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Robersonville 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  James  R.  Lancaster 

By  Rose  of  Sharon  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Robersonville 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  Arthur  Kennedy 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  A.  Willard,  Raleigh 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Mamie  M.  Kennedy 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  A.  Willard,  Raleigh 
In  Memory  of  Frances  Edgerton 

By  Miss  Louise  Edgerton,  Pikeville 
In  Memory  of  Charlie  Hines 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lawrence  H.  White,  New  Bern 
In  Memory  of  Mary  Hines 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lawrence  H.  White,  New  Bern 
Gum  Swamp  Church,  Greenville 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  L.  Mayo 

By  Mrs.  Viola  H.  Brown,  Farmville 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Arlene  Flynn 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Floyd  P.  Harris,  Greenville 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Eugene  James,  Tarboro 
Rose  of  Sharon  Sunday  School,  Robersonville 
Everett  Chapel  Church,  Clayton 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Clifton  Styron 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jimmie  C.  Godwin,  Cedar  Island 
Aspen  Grove  Church,  Walstonburg 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Frank  Grubbs 

By  Lanier's  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Chinquapin 

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$40,000 
31,450 
$  8,550 


Number 

of  Chairs  Amount 

1  $  50 


200 
50 
50 

250 
50 
50 

50 

50 
100 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

200 
50 

50 

100 
100 
200 
50 

100 
50 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


9 


Home  Missions 


CONTRIBUTIONS  FOR 
OCTOBER  1,  1983- 
DECEMBER  31,  1983 

ALBEMARLE 


Corinth  $ 

50.00 

Free  Union  (Beaufort  County) 

12.84 

Hickory  Chapel 

195.00 

IvlOUllL  ZjAOll 

Mount  Tabor 

145.77 

St.  Paul 

97.50 

Shiloh 

412.97 

Sidney 

160.85 

Sound  Side 

128.50 

Union  Chapel 

138.00 

Albemarle  District 

Auxiliary  Convention 

295.10 

Total  $ 

1,839.03 

CAPE  FEAR 

Bethel  $ 

120.00 

Catalpa 

10.00 

Haymount 

766.41 

Hopewell 

187.89 

Johnston  Union 

170.00 

Lee's  Chapel 

25.00 

Oak  Grove 

45.00 

Palmer  Memorial 

189.83 

Powhatan 

569.01 

tviveroiue 

ion  nn 

Saint  Mary's  Grove 

50.00 

Shady  Grove 

38.75 

Steven's  Chapel 

25.00 

Tee's  Chapel 

20.00 

West  Clinton 

20.00 

Cape  Fear  Conference 

125.60 

Cape  Fear  Union  Meeting 

38.05 

Cape  Fear  Youth  Fellowship 

100.00 

Total  $ 

2,600.54 

CENTRAL 

Aspen  Grove  $ 

122.50 

Ayden 

20.00 

Bethany 

102.25 

Black  Jack 

51.00 

Community 

110.00 

Daniels  Chapel 

405.00 

Dilda's  Grove 

30.00 

Edgewood 

25.32 

Elm  Grove 

5.00 

Free  Union 

129.00 

Friendship 

87.78 

Greenville,  First 

135.00 

Grimsley 

82.50 

Harrell's  Chapel 

225.00 

Hickory  Grove 

142.24 

Howell  Swamp 

145.00 

Hugo 

10.00 

Hull  Road 

621.55 

King's  Cross  Roads 

114.22 

La  Grange 

30.00 

Little  Creek 

220.00 

Marlboro 

81.25 

Ormondsville 

23.00 

Otter's  Creek 

55.00 

Peace 

16.00 

Piney  Grove  (Beaufort) 

20.00 

Piney  Grove  (Pitt  County ) 

392.25 

Reedy  Branch 

53.69 

Rocky  Mount,  First 

185.00 

Rose  Hill 

331.00 

Rose  of  Sharon 
Saratoga 
Spring  Branch 
Sweet  Gum  Grove 
Tarboro,  First 
Williamston,  First 
Winterville 
Central  Conference 

Missions  Board 
Second  Union 
Total 

EASTERN 

Antioch 

Bridgeton 

Cabin 

Core  Creek 

Croatan 

Davis 

Deep  Run 

Dublin  Grove 

Edwards  Chapel 

Friendship 

Gospel  Outreach 

Holly  Springs 

Jackson  Heights 

Kinston,  First 

Moseley's  Creek 

Mount  Zion  ( Onslow  County ) 

New  Haven 

Northeast 

Oak  Grove 

Oriental 

Pearsall  Chapel 

Pilgrims  Rest 

Piney  Grove 

Russell's  Creek 

Sandy  Plain 

St.  Mary's 

Sound  View 

Trent 

Wardens  Grove 
Westside 
Whaley's  Chapel 
White  Oak  Grove 
Wilmington,  First 
Wintergreen 
Woodrow,  First 
Third  District 

Sunday  School  Convention 
Third  Union 
Total 

PEE  DEE 

Pee  Dee  Union  Number  1 
Beaverdam 
Cypress  Creek 
Macedonia 
Mission  Valley 
Oak  Grove 
White  Oak 
Total 

PIEDMONT 

Cathedral 
High  Point 
Total 

WESTERN 

Barnes  Hill 
Branch  Chapel 


35 

00 

50 

00 

210 

00 

160 

00 

385 

00 

40 

71 

399 

60 

450.00 
12.54 
$  5,713.40 


100.00 
131.00 
10.00 
10.00 
20.00 
77.45 
40.00 
10.00 
10.00 
18.00 
10.00 
S13.46 
137.37 
25.00 
125.00 
25.00 
60.00 
30.00 
10.50 
23.68 
97.50 
30.00 
10.00 
30.00 
459.71 
530.00 
297.38 
175.00 
120.00 
350.00 
25.00 
100.00 
25.00 
50.00 
15.00 

35.00 
30.00 


$  3,566 

05 

$  30 

00 

1,006 

39 

305 

73 

275 

00 

75 

00 

233 

35 

64 

91 

$  1,990.38 


20.00 
110.14 
130.14 


$  100.00 
500.00 


Calvary 
Everett  Chapel 
Free  Spirit 
Free  Union 
Fremont 

Holly  Springs  (Kenly) 

Kenly 

Little  Rock 

Marsh  Swamp 

Memorial  Chapel 

Micro 

Milbournie 

Mount  Zion  (Nash  County) 

Mount  Zion  (Wilson  County) 

Oak  Grove  (Wilson  County) 

People's  Chapel 

Piney  Grove  (Johnston  County) 

Pine  Level 

Pleasant  Grove 

Pleasant  Hill 

Rains  Cross  Roads 

Rosebud 

St.  Mary's 

Sherron  Acres 

Spring  Hill 

Stoney  Creek 

Stony  Hill 

Union  Grove 

Unity  (Wilson  County) 

Wilson,  First 

Western  Auxiliary  Conference 
Western  District  Youth 

Total  $ 


25. 

471.211 
54.0(1 
25.91 

200.01! 
20.01 
35.01 
37.51 

128.51 
20.0*1 
22.9! 

175.01 
50.01 
20.01 

103.9I1 
60.0(1 
81 

195 

530.01, 
20.01 
lO.Ol' 
87.5|i 

450.0(1 

170.01) 

400.01, 
3.680.W 
20.01' 

250.(K! 
20.0( 

285.01 

250.0(1 
25.0(1 


L.2! 
5.01 


8,522.65! 


INDIVroUALS 

Ard,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Norman 
Baker,  Fred 
Baker,  Paul  L. 
Barnard,  Charles 
Boyette,  EvaT. 
Brewer,  Mary  B. 
Bynum,  Robert  E. 
Dail,  Nellie  R. 
Futrelle,  Foy 
Gardner,  Mrs.  Carlton 
Glisson,  Frances 
Godwin,  Jerry 
Gurganus,  H.  G. 
Hansley,  David  W. 
Harris,  Dennis  I. 
Hurst,  Esther 
Johnson,  Lou  Esther 
Kennedy,  Rocky 
Men's  Hunting  Club  of  Whitehurst  20.01 
Morris,  Mrs.  E.  C.  40.0C 
Peedin,  Doris  lO.Ot 
Starling,  W.  Howard  100.0C 
Ward,  Mary  E.  10.«| 
Ward,  Robert  20.01 
West,  Estell  M.  20.(K 
Total  $  1,063.8( 


20.0^ 
70.<X 
25.01 
50.(X> 
25M 
31.8<| 
100.(H 
20.0^' 
60.01 
lO.Ot 
lO.Ot 
lOO.Ot 
lO.OtJ 
12.0fl 
150.0(1 
20.01 
20.0(1 
110.01 


OTHERS 

Cash  Offering  Mission 

Rally  Daly '  s  Chapel  $ 
St.  Cloud  Mission 
Paul  Palmer  Association 
North  Carolina  State  Auxiliary 
Total 


26.1! 
160.01 
250.01 
163.6! 


10 


$  599.71 

TOTAL  CONTRIBUTIONS:  $26,025.7 
THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS1 


Sunday  School  Lesson 


»r  February  12 

THE  SERVANT 
OF  THE  LORD 

isson   Text:    Isaiah  42:1-4; 

19:5,  6;  53:4-6 

emory  Verse:  Isaiah  42:1 

When  John  the  Baptist,  in 
ison,  sent  word  to  Jesus,  ask- 
l,  "Art  thou  he  that  should 
me,  or  do  we  look  for 
Other?"  (Matthew  11:3),  he 
is  voicing  the  hope  of  the 
wish  people  for  the  Deliverer 
10m  God  had  promised  to 
nd  to  them.  The  common  title 

which  this  anticipated  one 
is  known  was  the  Messiah, 
e  one  anointed  of  God  for  the 
sk  of  deliverance, 
rhe  term  Messiah,  referring 

this  special  agent  of  the 
>rd,  appears  in  only  one 
ssage  of  the  Old  Testament, 
iniel  9:25,  26.  Nevertheless, 
ere  are  many  prophecies 
la  ted  to  this  person— so  many 
d  so  specific,  in  fact,  that  a 
minant  tenet  of  the  Jewish 
Lth  was  that  the  Messiah 
mid  come.  It  is  not  inap- 
opriate  to  apply  the  term 
essianic  to  all  prophecies  of 
is  nature. 

What  may  be  overlooked  is 
at  these  prophecies  incor- 
rate  three  distinct  concepts 
this  chosen  Deliverer.  Let  us 
ke  brief  notice  of  them. 
The  majority  of  the  proph- 
ies  speak  of  one  whom  the 
>rd  would  raise  up  as  a  king  to 
:  on  the  throne  of  David.  "I 
ive  sworn  unto  David  my  ser- 
int,  Thy  seed  will  I  establish 
r  ever,  and  build  up  thy 
rone  to  all  generations" 
•salm  89:3,  4).  "Unto  us  a  son 
given:  and  the  government 
all  be  upon  his  shoulder  .... 
:  the  increase  of  his  govern- 
ent  and  peace  there  shall  be 
)  end,  upon  the  throne  of 
avid"  (Isaiah  9:6,  7). 
This  one  would  be  born  in 
sthlehem  (Micah  5:2),  and  He 


would  reign  in  righteousness 
(Jeremiah  23:5,  6).  These 
Scriptures,  and  others  of  like 
tenor,  were  dear  to  the  heart  of 
the  Jews  and  they  focused  their 
attention  upon  them.  With  rare 
exception,  their  only  concept  of 
the  Messiah  was  that  of  the 
Davidic  ruler. 

However,  there  are  two  other 
aspects  regarding  the  Messiah 
that  are  presented  in  the  Old 
Testament.  One  of  these  is  that 
He  would  be  God's  spokesman. 
God  said  to  Moses,  "I  will  raise 
them  up  a  Prophet  from  among 
their  brethren,  like  unto  thee, 
and  will  put  my  words  in  his 
mouth ;  and  he  shall  speak  unto 
them  all  that  I  shall  command 
him"  (Deuteronomy  18:18). 
The  New  Testament  clearly  in- 
dicates that  this  prediction  was 
fulfilled  (see  Acts  3:20-22). 

In  addition,  the  Messiah 
would  fulfill  the  office  of  priest. 
Psalm  110:4  says,  "Thou  art  a 
priest  for  ever  after  the  order  of 
Melchizedek."  (See  Hebrews 
6:20;  7:17,  21.)  It  was  the  func- 
tion of  the  priest  to  make  an  of- 
fering for  sin  on  behalf  of  the 
people  and  then  to  appear 
before  God  for  them.  This  the 
Messiah  would  do. 

As  king,  prophet,  and  priest, 
then,  how  great  the  Messiah 
would  be— a  king  greater  than 
David,  a  prophet  greater  than 
Moses,  a  priest  greater  than 
Melchizedek.  Yet,  as  exalted  as 
He  was,  He  came  to  earth  as  a 
servant  to  do  the  Lord's  will, 
which  included  making  an  of- 
fering for  sin.  Wonder  of 
wonders,  He  would  not  only 
make  an  offering  for  sin;  He 
would  also  become  the  victim! 
He  who  was  with  God  from  the 
beginning  would  become  the 
Suffering  Servant,  giving 
Himself  even  unto  death  for  our 
sakes. 

We  have  indicated  that  the 
prophecy  relative  to  the  Ser- 
vant found  its  fulfillment  in 
Jesus  Christ.  However,  the  ex- 
pression "servant  of  the  Lord" 


was  more  extensive  in  its 
meaning  until  it  came 
specifically  to  indicate  the 
Messiah.  As  a  person  devoted 
to  God,  faithful  in  the  discharge 
of  a  given  task,  numerous  per- 
sons in  the  Old  Testament  were 
designated  as  His  servants— 
Moses,  Joshua,  etc.  However, 
in  the  study  before  us  the  term 
has  special  significance. 

In  Isaiah  41:8,  9,  we  read, 
"But  thou,  Israel,  art  my  ser- 
vant, Jacob  whom  I  have 
chosen,  the  seed  of  Abraham 
my  friend.  Thou  whom  I  have 
taken  from  the  ends  of  the 
earth,  and  called  thee  from  the 
chief  men  thereof,  and  said 
unto  thee,  Thou  art  my  ser- 
vant; I  have  chosen  thee,  and 
not  cast  thee  away."  The 
language  is  clear.  Israel  was 
God's  chosen  servant;  how- 
ever, the  reference  is  to  Israel 
as  a  unity,  not  as  an  aggregate 
of  persons.  In  similar  fashion 
we  can  say  today  that  the 
church  is  the  servant  of  the 
Lord.  This  is  not  to  say  that 
every  person  making  up  the 
church  is  faithfully  seeking  to 
do  God's  work.  It  does  mean 
that  the  church  bears  a  special 
relationship  to  God,  will  con- 
tinue to  do  so  as  His  servant, 
and  will  realize  His  promise 
that  "the  gates  of  hell  shall  not 
prevail  against  it"  (Matthew 
16:18).  In  like  manner  Israel,  in 
a  special  way,  was  God's  ser- 
vant, called  by  the  Lord  to  a 
particular  task— to  bring  bless- 
ing to  all  families  of  the  earth 
(Genesis  12:3). 

However,  Israel  had  become 
a  blind  and  deaf  servant 
(Isaiah  42:18,  19),  a  captive 
people,  "robbed  and  spoiled" 
(42:22),  themselves  in  need  of 
deliverance.  In  this  context  the 
prophet  spoke  of  a  Servant  who 
was  not  the  nation  of  Israel.  He 
was  of  Israel.  It  may  be  said 
that  He  was  representative 
of  Israel.  Yet  He  was  dis- 
tinguished as  an  individual. 
— Standard  Lesson  Commen- 
tary 


3E  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


11 


Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY,  12 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  1,  2 

I  JUST  LOVES  TO  POINT  HIM  OUT 
Some  years  ago  two  boats  glided  past  each 
other  on  the  Mississippi.  An  aged  Black  man  was 
conversing  with  a  white  friend  on  deck  of  one  of 
the  boats  when  suddenly  he  said  with  zest, 
"Look!  Yonder's  the  captain!"  Asked  the  white 
friend,  "Why  are  you  so  enthusiastic  while  you 
call  my  attention  to  the  captain?"  The  grateful 
Black  replied,  "Well,  sir,  years  ago,  as  we  were 
going  along  like  this,  I  fell  overboard.  I  couldn't 
swim  and  I  began  to  sink,  but  the  captain 
rescued  me.  Since  that  day,  I  just  loves  to  point 
him  out! " 

When  we  were  still  lost  in  sin,  the  waves  of 
sin  all  but  overwhelmed  us.  But  the  Captain  of 
our  salvation,  the  Lord  Jesus,  rescued  us.  Should 
we  not  joyously  "point  Him  out"  to  others? 


It  is  wonderful  to  be  a  believer  in  the  Lord 
Jesus  Christ!  I  am  exceedingly  thankful  that 
God  has  graciously  led  me  to  saving  faith  in 
Christ.  In  the  Bible,  God  has  promised  eternal 
life  to  anyone  who  believes  in  His  only-begotten 
Son. 

MONDAY,  1  o 
FEBRUARY  16 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  3,  4 

NZAMBE,  YESU  KRISTU,  MOLINO  BIPURU 
At  Adi,  in  the  former  Belgian  Congo,  lives  a 
great  and  faithful  Christian.  He  is  deaf  and 
dumb.  He  has  found  an  effective  way  to  witness 
for  his  Lord,  however.  Whenever  he  meets 
anyone  on  a  path,  he  stops  and  writes  these 
words  in  the  dust:  "Nzambe,  Yesu  Kristu, 
Molino  Bipuru,"  — "God,  Jesus  Christ,  Holy 
Spirit."  Then  he  begins  to  preach  by  going 
through  a  series  of  motions.  He  pantomimes  the 
Crucifixion  and  the  Resurrection.  By  motions,  he 
shows  two  classes  of  people— those  who  receive 
the  Saviour,  and  those  who  reject  Him  and  are 
cast  into  outer  darkness.  When  he  pantomimes 
those  who  receive  the  Saviour,  his  face  lights  up 
with  radiant  smiles,  and  he  points  to  himself,  in- 
dicating that  he  has  received  Jesus  into  his 
heart.  He  goes  through  all  the  motions  of 
washing  himself  to  show  that  he  has  been 
cleansed  by  the  blood  of  Christ.  And  he  always 
has  a  smile. 


I  am  but  one, 

But  I  am  one. 

I  cannot  do  everything, 

But  I  can  do  something. 

12 


What  I  can  do 

I  ought  to  do. 

And  what  I  ought  to  do, 

With  God's  help, 

I  will  do. 

TUESDAY,  14 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  5,  6 

THE  WITNESSING  PLUMBER 
Howard  E.  Butt,  Jr.,  a  millionaire  grocer 
said,  "God  doesn't  issue  a  special  call  to  pastor 
and  leave  everyone  else  uncalled.  Every  Chris 
tian  should  think  of  himself  as  having  a  divin 
call  for  making  Christian  witnessing  a  full-tim, 
career." 

L.  C.  Hester  of  Whitehours,  Texas,  is  i 
plumber.  He  packs  a  New  Testament  with  hi 
tools.  He  is  known  as  "the  witnessing  plumber.' 
A  minister  said  of  him:  "That  witnessing 
plumber  has  won  hundreds  to  Christ  since  h< 
became  a  Christian.  Many  will  listen  to  a  'worhi 
ingman'  who  will  not  listen  to  a  preacher,  yoill 
know." 


The  work  is  solemn — do  not  trifle.  The  task  f 
difficult — do  not  relax.  The  opportunity  i{ 
brief — do  not  delay.  The  path  is  narrow — do  no] 
wander.  The  prize  is  glorious — do  not  faint. 

WEDNESDAY,  1 _ 
FEBRUARY  10 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  7 

A  QUEEN  TESTIFIES 
We  are  commissioned  to  be  witnesses  to  th<, 
truth  of  the  gospel  of  our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  i 
witness  is  one  who  speaks  of  that  which  he  know! 
about  first  hand.  We  need  to  have  a  knowledge  o 
our  faith  that  we  can  be  bold  in  our  witness  an* 
adventurous  in  our  living.  We  know  that  we  shall 
probably  be  in  a  minority  wherever  we  are.  Wrf 
know  we  shall  have  to  face  insecurity,  opposiij 
tion,  and  perhaps  danger,  for  the  confession  oij 
our  faith.  But  the  Christian  church  has  alway| 
prospered  in  adversity,  and  we  must  certainlji 
not  be  afraid.  I  think  it  is  comforting  t<| 
remember  those  wonderful  marching  ordersl 
given  by  Joshua,  "Be  strong  and  of  a  goo«j 
courage,"  and  then  to  think  of  the  other  men  and 
women  in  times  past  who,  through  the  grace  o 
God,  were  enabled  to  go  forward  into  ai 
unknown   future   with   confidence   and  wit! 
resolves. 


Oh,  do  not  pray  for  easy  lives.  Pray  to  bt 
strong  men  and  women.  Do  not  pray  for  task 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


qual  to  your  powers.  Pray  for  power  equal  to 
our  tasks.  Then  the  doing  of  your  work  will  be 
o  miracle;  but  you  shall  be  a  miracle.  Every 
ay  you  shall  wonder  at  yourself,  at  the  richness 
flife  which  has  come  to  you  by  the  grace  of  God. 

THURSDAY,  lfi 
FEBRUARY  AD 

aripture  Reading— Numbers  8,  9 

WRECKERS  AND  BUILDERS 
watched  them  tearing  a  building  down— 
gang  of  men  in  a  big  town, 
fith  a  heave  ho  and  a  lusty  yell 
hey  swung  a  beam  and  the  side  wall  fell, 
asked  the  foreman,  "Are  these  men  skilled? 
he  kind  you  would  hire  if  you  wanted  to  build?" 

e  laughed  and  said,  "Why,  no  indeed, 
ust  labor,  common  labor,  is  all  I  need, 
hey  can  easily  wreck  in  a  day  or  two 
fliat  builders  have  taken  years  to  do." 
asked  myself  as  I  went  my  way 
fliich  of  these  roles  have  I  played  today? 

s  a  builder  who  works  with  care 
[easuring  life  by  ruling  square? 
tiaping  my  deeds  by  the  vertical  plane, 
r  .  .  .  am  I  the  wrecker  who  lost  the  town 
eset  with  the  labor  of  tearing  down? 


Everyone  can  do  something  to  make  the 
orld  better — he  can  at  least  improve  himself. 

FRIDAY,  17 
FEBRUARY 

xipture  Reading— Numbers  10,  11 
WORKED  BY  CLOCK  WITHOUT  HANDS 
"Work,"  declared  Thomas  A.  Edison,  "is 
teasured  not  by  hours,  but  by  what  is  ac- 
jmplished."  Edison  always  kept  a  clock 
ithout  hands  on  his  desk.  He  believed  that 
swarding  toil  called  for  2  percent  inspiration 
id  98  percent  perspiration.  Those  who  have 
rought  most  mightily  for  God  and  man  have 
sually  been  short  sleepers.  Sir  Isaac  Newton 
ildom  went  to  bed  before  2  a.m.  David  Liv- 
tgstone  worked  in  a  factory  from  6  a.m.  until  8 
m.  Then  he  went  to  night  school  for  two  hours 
nd  studied  far  into  the  night  until  his  mother 
>ok  his  books  from  him.  "Praying  Hyde"  was 
nown  as  "the  man  who  never  slept!" 

Heights  by  great  men  won  and  kept 
Were  not  attained  by  sudden  flight, 

But  they,  while  their  companions  slept, 
Were  toiling  upward  in  the  night. 


I  must  work  the  works  of  him  that  sent  me, 
ihile  it  is  day:  the  night  cometh,  when  no  man 
m  work  (John  9:4). 


SATURDAY,  jo 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  12,  13 

AN  UNFAILING  REMEDY 
A  great  physician  gave  the  following 
prescription  for  work:  "If  your  health  is 
threatened,  work.  If  disappointments  come, 
work.  If  you  inherit  riches,  continue  to  work.  If 
your  faith  falters  and  you  become  a  bundle  of 
nerves,  work.  If  your  dreams  are  shattered,  and 
the  star  of  hope  begins  to  darken  on  your  horizon, 
work.  If  sorrow  overwhelms  you,  or  friends 
prove  untrue  and  desert  you,  work.  If  you  are 
joyous,  keep  right  on  working.  Idleness  brings 
doubt  and  fear.  No  matter  what  ails  you,  work. 
Work  as  if  your  life  were  in  peril,  for  it  is! " 


This  world  is  but  a  vestibule  of  an  immortal 
life,  and  every  chord  of  our  life  touches  some 
other  chord  which  will  vibrate  in  eternity.  Stern 
taskmaster's  opportunity  is  bald  behind  and 
must  be  seized  by  the  forelock.  This  world  is  full 
of  tragic  might-have-beens.  We  cannot  stick  the 
share  into  the  ground  when  we  should  be 
wielding  the  sickle.  No  remorse,  no  regret,  no 
self-accusation  can  avail  one  jot  when  the  time 
for  sowing  is  past  and  unless  our  lives  are  filled 
each  moment  with  the  tasks  apportioned  to  us  we 
will,  throughout  eternity,  regret  lost  oppor- 
tunities .' 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 

NEW  CREATIONS  SPRING 
SCHEDULE  SET 

The  members  of  the  New  Creations  are  as  follows: 
Michelle  Pownall,  Manteo;  Julie  Morris,  Manteo;  Amelia 
Massengill,  Four  Oaks;  Alicia  Heath,  Goldsboro.  Back  row 
Mark  Watson,  Pine  town;  Jeffery  Harrison,  Walstonburg; 
Rusty  Smith,  Deep  Run;  Dwayne  Jones,  Roper;  Chris 
Joyner,  Kenly.  Sherry  Mitchell  is  the  accompanist. 

The  New  Creations  group  has  set  its  spring  schedule.  The 
group  will  present  programs  of  gospel  music  and  personal 
testimony  in  Free  Will  Baptist  Churches  around  eastern 
North  Carolina. 

The  New  Creations  is  a  volunteer  group  of  students  who 
wish  to  serve  God  through  song.  To  participate  in  the  group  is 
to  affirm  the  reality  of  God  as  experienced  in  Jesus  Christ. 
The  New  Creations  share  His  love  and  message  of  redeeming 
grace  which  is  extended  to  all  people. 

The  spring  schedule  includes  the  following  churches. 


Date 

Time 

Place 

February  12 

11:00  a.m. 

Elm  Grove  Church,  Pitt  County 

6:00  p.m. 

Oak  Grove  Church,  Wilson  County 

February  26 

11:00  a.m. 

Pleasant  Grove  Church,  Wayne  County 

7:00  p.m. 

Reelsboro  Christian,  Pamlico  County 

March  4 

11:00  a.m. 

Friendship  Church,  Johnston  County 

7:00  p.m. 

May's  Chapel  Church,  Wayne  County 

March  18 

11:00  a.m. 

Edgewood  Church,  Edgecombe  County 

7:00  p.m. 

Kenly  Church,  Johnston  County 

April  8 

11:00  a.m. 

Heritage  Church,  Mecklenburg  County 

7:00  p.m. 

Trinity  Church,  Beaufort  County 

April  15 

7:00  p.m. 

La  Grange  Church,  Lenoir  County 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


13 


CHILDREN'S  HOME 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 

acknowledgement  (see  sample  below).  Of  course,  no  amount  will 
be  stated  on  the  card. 

You  may  also  send  a  memorial  gift  and  we  will  notify  the  party 
you  so  indicate,  if  desired.  As  with  the  honorary  gift,  all  you  have  to 
do  is  to  send  your  gift  earmarked  as  a  memorial  gift,  the  name  of 
the  person  in  whose  memory  you  are  making  the  contribution,  and 
the  name  and  address  of  anyone  you  might  want  to  receive  a  card 
of  acknowledgement  that  the  gift  has  been  made  (see  sample 
below). 


We  ore  pleased  to  Inform  you  that 

wt  have  received  a  gift  to  Che 
Fret  Will  Baptise  Children  a  Home 
In  honor  of 


Thin  gift  waj  mad*  by 


FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  CHILDREN'S  HOME,  INC 
P.  0.  Box  249 
Mlddltfx.  North  Carolina  27357 


We  arc  pleased  lo  inform  iou  that 

ire  lim  e  received  a  gr/l  to  the 
Free  W'iH  Baptist  Children-;  Home 
In  Memory-  of 

Tins  Memorial  hus  made  by 

We  (Oin  your  friends  in  this  expression 
of  sympathy.  Be  assured  nl  our  promt 
tot  the  dais  ahead. 

Free  Will  Baptist  Children  -;  Home 
Middlesex,  North  Carolina 


Your  honorary  and  memorial  gifts  will  be  used  to  support  the 
ministry  of  Christian  child  care  to  children  who  have  had  the 
misfortune  of  having  to  be  separated  from  their  natural  family. 
Your  gift  will  enable  the  Children's  Home  to  minister  to  their 
physical,  emotional,  and  educational  needs,  while  at  the  same  time 
offer  to  them  an  opportunity  to  experience  a  Christian  home  and, 
hopefully,  come  to  know  and  accept  Christ  as  their  personal  Lord 
and  Saviour.  The  salvation  of  one  child  can  reach  far  into  the  future 
to  affect  many  other  individuals,  and  that  is  one  of  the  main  goals  of 
our  Home— to  minister  in  His  Name  and  spread  the  gospel. 

Think  about  it!  Perhaps  there  is  someone  special  you  would 
like  to  honor  in  this  special  way. 

MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  9) 

In  Memory  of  Bertha  S.  Smith  1 

By  Lanier's  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Chinquapin 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Frank  Grubbs 

In  Memory  of  Hazel  L.  Williams  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lemmie  Williams,  Chinquapin 
Mrs.  Cynthia  W.  Kennedy,  Chinquapin  1 
In  Honor  of  Miss  Velma  Morris  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  David  Piner,  Vanceboro;  and 

the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  John  Williams,  Black  Mountain 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Berta  Edwards  1 

By  Mr.  L.  Marvin  Edwards,  Wilson 
In  Honor  of  Lloyd  and  Inez  Edwards  1 

By  Berta  and  Marvin  Edwards,  Wilson 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Maggie  Allen  1 

By  The  Prayer  Meeters  of  Tee's  Chapel  Church, 

Smithfield 

Pleasant  Grove  Auxiliary,  Pikeville  1 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Zelma  G.  Pope  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  T.  Pope,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Henry  T.  Pope  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  T.  Pope,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Hardy  Talton 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Mildred  Talton  9 
By  The  Members  of  Pleasant  Grove  Church,  Pike- 
ville 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Sunie  A.  Hansley  1  50 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  O.  B.  Everett  Sr.,  Sneads  Ferry  _1_  50 

Totals  (January  24-30  )  67  $3,350 

(Two  chairs  reported  previously  by  Angola  Free  Will  Baptist  Church  are  in  honor  of 
the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  O.  B.  Everett  Sr. ) 


50 


50 


50 


50 


50 
50 

50 


450 


FILM 

(Continued  from  Page  9) 

The  life  story  of  Dietricl 
Bonhoeffer  is  one  of  the  grea 
epics  of  courage  and  convictioi 
in  the  twentieth  century, 
young  pastor  when  Hitler  cam* 
to  power,  Bonhoeffer  was 
among  the  first  of  his  coun 
try  men  to  recognize  the  threa 
posed  by  Nazism  to  the  basic 
human  values  of  westerr 
civilization. 

A  leader  in  the  Confessing! 
Church,  that  group  of  pastors 
which  actively  opposed  th« 
Nazification  of  the  Germar 
Lutheran  Church,  Bonhoeffeij 
also  played  an  active  role  in  the 
German  resistance  movement. 

He  was  arrested  by  tht 
Gestapo  in  1943  and  spent  two 
years  in  prison  and  concentra 
tion  camp.  He  was  hanged  1 
the  Flossenburg  Camp  on  Apr! 
9,  1945,  at  the  age  of  39. 


CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

(Continued  from  Page  5) 

each  teacher.  To  be  sure  exter 
nal  factors  play  a  significan 
role.  However,  the  desire  to  b< 
motivated  and  the  will  to  ac 
are  internal.  So  the  real  ques 
tion  is  not,  "How  can  I  motivatt 
teachers?"  but,  "How  can  I  of 
fer  incentives  and  help  creat< 
an  environment  in  which,  undei 
the  Holy  Spirit's  guidance 
teachers  will  motivat* 
themselves?" 

In  these  series  of  articles  w< 
will  explore  how  we  can  nur 
ture  teachers  and  help  create  { 
motivational  climate  througl 
the  example  we  set  as  leaders 
through  equipping  ourselves 
for  the  educational  ministry 
through  how  we  go  about  get 
ting  teachers,  through  teachei 
training,  through  providing 
adequate  resources,  througl 
continual  support  and  supervi 
sion,  through  encouraging 
periods  of  rest,  througl 
recognition  and  appreciation 
and  through  promotion  an( 
prayer. 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Foreign  Missions 

February  8,  1984 
Dear  Friend, 

In  connection  with  the  World  Missions  Conference  and  Rally  on  March  9, 1984, 
the  Board  of  Foreign  Missions  is  planning  a  banquet  with  Dr.  William  Bennett  and 
the  van  der  Plas  Family.  The  van  der  Plases,  will  be  leaving  for  the  Philippines 
the  following  week.  The  banquet  will  be  served  by  Mount  Olive  College  on  the 
downtown  campus.  The  cost  per  person  will  be  $4.50.  You  can  pay  for  the  meal  at 
that  time.  This  banquet  is  open  to  everyone. 

We  need  to  know  in  advance  how  many  plan  to  attend  the  banquet.  If  you  plan 
to  attend,  please  complete  the  form  below,  clip,  and  return  it  to  my  office  by 
Thursday,  March  1,  or  you  may  call  746-4963  to  let  us  know  that  you  plan  to  attend. 

We  hope  that  you  will  be  with  us  for  this  farewell  meal  with  the  van  der 
Plases.  I  am  looking  forward  to  hearing  from  you  soon. 

Sincerely  in  Christ, 
Harold  Jones 


IMPORTANT  DATES  TO  REMEMBER! 

March  9 

World  Missions  Conference  and  Rally 

Daytime  sessions  on  downtown  campus  of  Mount  Olive  \ 

College. 

World  Missions  Rally— 7:30  P.M.  College  Hall 

March  25 

Telethon  Sunday  (Call  between  1:30-5:30  P.M.,  Phone 

746-4963) 

Day  of  Prayer  for  World  Missions 

d"l  BOARD  OF 
FOREIGN 
MISSIONS 


REPLY  FORM 

BANQUET:  MARCH  9,  1984,  5:30-7:00  P.M. 


N.C.  STATE  CONVENTION  OF 
ORIGINAL.  FREE  WILL  BAPTISTS 
Harold  Jones,  Director-Treasurer 

P.O.  Box  38  PART  OF  THE  WORLD  MISSIONS  CONFERENCE 

Ayden,  NG  28513-0038 
Phone  (919)  746-4963 


AND  RALLY 


I  will  attend  the  banquet  on  the  downtown  campus  of  Mount  Olive  College. 
There  will  be  persons  in  my  party. 


?HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Signed 


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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   6 

Children's  Home   7 

Mount  Olive  College   8 

Foreign  Missions  10 

Woman's  Auxiliary   11 

Family  Devotions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  14 

Free  Will  Baptists  Honored   4 

The  Christian  Nurturer  ll 

Volume  99  Number  7 

February  15.  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 


Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc..  811 
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Christ  among  Original  Free  Will  Baptists,  and  we 
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Getting  to  the  Heart  of  the  Matter 

While  home  on  furlough  a  missionary  was  invited  to  speak 
to  a  group  of  ministers  and  their  wives.  This  highly  intelligent 
young  woman  had  personality  plus  and  everyone  anxiouslj 
awaited  hearing  her  address.  When  she  approached  the 
podium  that  day  they  all  settled  back,  expecting  to  hear  her; 
speak  of  her  missionary  experiences.  Having  been  at  the  con- 
vention since  its  beginning,  she  felt  something  more  was 
needed:  she  sensed  the  presence  of  loneliness,  inadequacy, 
and  failure  of  not  being  able  to  do  all  expected  of  them. 

Instead  of  referring  to  her  work,  the  missionary  talked  tc: 
those  in  attendance  "heart-to-heart."  Her  message  was  one  oJi 
hope  and  gratefulness  for  both  their  love  and  support.  Then, 
very  empathetically,  she  said: 

So  many  of  our  Christian  church  members  need  a  "monk" 
to  do  their  repentance  for  them.  You  are  more  spiritual  if  i 
you  drive  an  old  car,  don't  wear  expensive  clothes,  live  in  a 
small  house,  don't  show  emotion  when  you  want  to  belt 
somebody  (and  you  might  have  the  right  to)  but  if  you  do  I 
lose  your  temper  or  say  anything  that  borders  on  talking 
about  someone,  it's  much  worse  than  if  one  of  your  con-  j 
gregation  does  it.  Both  because  they  believe  it's  a  no-no 
for  you  and  because  you  feel  you  shouldn't. 

The  missionary  closed  her  remarks  by  reminding  those  iiij 
her  audience  that  the  greatest  opportunity  for  evange-i 
lism— the  largest  mission  field— could  possibly  be  our  own! 
country.  She  prayed  that  those  ministers  would  be  blessed) 
with  growing  Christians,  that  they  wouldn't  have  to  spend! 
their  valuable  time  dealing  with  pettiness  but  with  the  larger 
work  of  true  pastoring— "enabling  others  to  minister." 

After  pondering  this,  I  suggest  that  we  consider  the  follow-i 
ing  checklist  of  things  that  could  make  us  all  more  under-i 
standing,  more  unified,  and  more  Christlike. 
For  example— 

 Come  to  grasp  the  reality  that  ministers  are  human.  Accept  their 

humanness. 

 Whenever  a  minister  makes  a  mistake  or  "commits"  an  oversight,  j 

be  conciliatory  and  understanding.  Kindly,  let  him  know— not  everyone 
else.  You  will  feel  better  and  he  will  appreciate  you  talking  with  him  in- 
stead of  complaining  to  others.  Love  and  respect  will  develop  and  you  will  i 
not  be  adding  to  his  mountain-of-things-l-didn't-get-done  guilt  complex.  I 

 Talk  with  your  minister  about  things  that  concern  you,  but  do  so 

with  the  right  spirit— he  can  tell  when  you  are  venting  hostility  and  not  be- 
ing constructive. 

 If  there  is  something  about  your  minister  you  do  not  like,  it  could  be 

the  result  of  your  not  really  knowing  him.  Treat  him  with  the  same  respect 
you  desire.  Remember  that  there  are  very  few  people  you  like  totally.  If 
you  make  allowances  for  others,  and  people  make  them  for  you,  why 
should  we  do  less  for  clergymen? 

 If  your  minister  passes  you  by  without  noticing  or  he  seems  quite 

preoccupied,  do  not  be  offended.  His  mind  is  probably  taxed  to  the  limit 
with  some  task  or  crisis.  Stop  what  you  are  doing  and  whisper  a  prayer  for 
him. 

(Continued  on  Page  15) 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTK 


THINGS  THAT 
SHORT-CIRCUIT  MINISTRY 


by  C.  Neil  Strait 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  5199,  Jackson,  Mississippi  39216) 


Some  time  ago  a  young  pastor  asked  me, 
lat  are  some  of  the  things  you  observed  that 
rt-circuit  ministry?"  My  answer  to  him,  and 
reflection  since  his  question,  precipitated  a 
>f  thinking.  There  are,  at  least,  twelve  things 
;  could  short-circuit  effective  ministry. 

(1)  Poor  credibility.  Probably  the  leading 
,  if  you  are  to  begin  with  a  foundation.  If  one's 
ic  honesty  is  suspect,  whatever  other  gifts  a 
istry  has  are  blunted. 

(2)  Lack  of  spiritual  depth.  It  is  hard  to 
ntain  ministerial  effectiveness  and  integrity 
lout  spiritual  depth.  If  one  does  not  know  God 
I,  and  does  not  maintain  his  devotional  com- 
ments, it  will  be  hard  to  care  for  and  share 
l  others. 

(3)  Negative  attitude.  People  who  are 
ting  need  good  news,  some  positive 
irances,  sentences  of  hope,  to  put  them  back 
he  road.  A  negative  attitude  breeds  despair 
places  a  barrier  between  the  man  and  those 
>m  he  would  serve. 

(4)  Appearance .  Good  grooming, 
.nliness,  neatness  are  not  impossible  for  the 
rer  minister.  They  are  qualities  that  enhance 
ctiveness  and  ministry. 

(5)  Poor  financial  management.  If  one 
3  not  handle  his  personal  finances  well,  he  in- 
s  suspicion  among  those  for  whom  he  labors, 
trust  and  suspicion  are  too  often  traced  to  the 

of  poor  financial  integrity. 

(6)  A  poor  marriage.  It  is  hard  to  estimate 
damage  to  a  minister  when  he  has  a  poor 
Tiage.  One  should  give  proper  attention  to 
ie  whom  God  has  placed  nearest  him.  If  a 
ister  cannot  build  a  good  marriage,  its 
itration  and  fact  will  be  a  blight  to  ministry. 

(7)  Indifference.  An  attitude  of  indif- 
nce  will  blunt  any  career,  and,  certainly  it 
3  damage  to  ministry.  Where  one  gives  the 
a  of  indifference  to  needs,  causes,  concerns, 
is  closing  the  door  to  helpful  and  fulfilling 
istry. 

S  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


(8)  Lack  of  preparation,  reading,  study. 
This  cannot  be  underestimated.  While  one  may 
have  many  gifts,  physical  and  mental  en- 
dowments, if  he  is  not  a  serious  student  it  will 
negate  all  his  talents.  Our  contemporary  world 
makes  it  very  necessary  that  the  man  of  God 
prepare  well,  read  fully  and  study,  so  he  can  ade- 
quately equip  those  under  his  care. 

(9)  Lack  of  administrative,  organizational, 
leadership  skills.  While  many  are  not,  initially, 
endowed  with  these  gifts,  they  can  be  learned. 
Like  so  many  other  areas,  many  systems  may  be 
going  well,  but  if  there  is  failure  at  the  point  of 
administrative  expertise,  it  hinders  all  that  goes 
before. 

(10)  Sense  of  superiority,  or  aloofness.  Peo- 
ple want  to  be  touched  by  their  minister  and  feel 
his  warmth  and  friendship.  Aloofness  closes  the 
door  to  the  heart  and  displays  a  "keep  away" 
sign.  Aloofness  keeps  the  minister  from  entering 
the  arena  of  life  with  people,  hence,  diminishing 
effectiveness. 

(11)  Laziness  and  mediocrity.  Not  much 
needs  to  be  said  about  laziness— it  will  short- 
circuit  whatever  it  touches.  Mediocrity,  as  I  see 
it,  is  the  biggest  disease  of  the  contemporary 
pastor.  Doing  "just  enough"  will  not  produce 
changed  lives  and  effective  ministry.  The  man 
who  settles  for  the  easy  way  out  will  not  build  a 
great  ministry  for  God. 

(12)  Poor  communication.  The  man  who 
cannot  communicate  his  thoughts  and  intents 
will  have  trouble  in  the  ministry.  One  must  ever 
be  sharpening  his  skills  in  communication. 
Listening  is  important,  too.  The  minister  who 
does  not  listen,  will,  soon,  not  be  listened  to. 

Twelve  areas,  at  least,  that  have  potential  to 
destroy  and  blunt  ministry.  They  give  each  of  us 
reason  to  learn,  to  observe,  evaluate,  and  to 
work  on  areas  where  we  are  weak.  May  a  better 
ministry  be  yours  in  the  days  ahead! 

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Free  Will  Baptists  Honoredl 

CONGREGATION  LOVES  DE 


Dr.  Burkette  Raper,  Kevin  Eakes,  Carolyn  Eakes,  De  Wayne  Eakes,  and  Mrs. 
Pearl  Blalock. 


The  morning  message  at  Lit- 
tle Rock  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church  in  Lucama  came  across 
loud  and  clear  on  Sunday, 
January  29.  But,  it  wasn't 
pastor  De  Wayne  Eakes, 
preaching. 

The  message  came  from  the 
congregation  and  it  was  a  re- 
sounding, "We  love  you,  Pastor 
Eakes." 

The  message  came  at  a 
special  morning  worship  ser- 
vice to  honor  Mr.  Eakes  and  his 
family  for  their  15  years  at  the 
church. 

The  printed  program  said  the 
Sunday  service  was  to  be  a 
youth  service.  And,  it  was  up 
until  the  youth  sermon  was  sup- 
posed to  be  delivered  by 
Deacon  Ricky  Watson. 

When  Mr.  Watson  came  to 
the  podium,  he  immediately 
turned  the  program  over  to  Kit- 
ty Barnes.  Pastor  Eakes,  who 
was  seated  in  the  choir,  was 
taken  completely  by  surprise. 
He  was  called  forward. 

Mrs.  Barnes  called  on  Mrs. 
Pearl  Blalock  to  present  Mr. 
Eakes,  his  wife,  Carolyn,  and 
son,  Kevin,  with  rosebuds. 

"This  rosebud  expresses  a 
deep  and  abiding  love  to  you 
from  this  congregation,"  said 
Mrs.  Blalock. 


In  addition  to  the  rosebuds, 
the  church's  Circle  One  had 
provided  15  red  roses— one  for 
each  year  at  the  church— in  the 
sanctuary  for  the  Eakes  fami- 
ly. "We  know  how  much  you 
love  roses,"  added  Mrs. 
Blalock. 

Mrs.  Barnes  gave  a  sketch  of 
Pastor  Eakes'  life  from  his 
birth  in  1947  to  his  graduation 
from  Southeastern  Baptist 
Theological  Seminary  in  Wake 
Forest. 

Among  his  accomplishments 
were  graduation  from  Mount 
Olive  College  and  Atlantic 
Christian  College.  He  is  presi- 
dent of  the  Wilson  County 
Ministerial  Association.  He  is 
chairman  of  the  advisory  coun- 
cil for  the  religion  department 
at  Mount  Olive  College  and  is 
chairman  of  the  College's 
church  relations  committee. 

"No  one  has  gone  to  him  with 
a  question  or  a  problem  that  he 
didn't  have  time  for,"  said  Mrs. 
Barnes.  "De,  we  love  you  and 
thank  you  for  everything  you 
have  done." 

The  deacons,  Sunday  school 
classes  and  Layman's  League 
all  presented  gifts  to  Mr. 
Eakes. 

The  deacons  presented  him 
with  a  $35  gift  certificate  from 


the  Wilson  Bible  and  Bookstojj 

On  making  the  presentatio 
Wayne  Thompson  said,  "N 
body  knows  what  he  means 
us.  He  is  a  friend  and  a  minist 
to  all  of  us." 

Frankie  Beamon,  repr 
senting  the  Fellowship  Clas 
presented  Mr.  Eakes  with  I 
wall  clock.  Eloise  Newsorj 
president  of  Circle  Three,  sa 
$25  had  been  donated  in  hJ 
name  to  the  church  chimj 
fund.  Everett  Currie  also  to 
the  pastor  another  $25  had  bei 
presented  to  the  chimes  fun 
"You  mean  so  much  to  me  ai 
to  all  of  us,"  said  Mr.  Currij 
"We  love  you." 

Dennis  Ford,  from  ti 
Layman's  League,  present* 
Pastor  Eakes  with  a  plaque  ari 
expressed  their  appreciation.; 

Dr.  Burkette  Raper,  pres 
dent  of  Mount  Olive  Colleg 
said  Pastor  Eakes  is  part  of 
"noble  and  great  line  <i 
pastors"  who  have  served  Ldi 
tie  Rock  Church. 

He  told  the  congregation  the 
were  fortunate  to  have  such] 
man.  "I  think  they  are  trying  | 
tell  you  that  there's  plenty  i| 
room  for  more  roses  in  thjti 
vase,"  said  Dr.  Raper  to  Mi 
Eakes. 

Fighting  back  tears  througl 
out  the  service,  Pastor  Eake 
thanked  the  congregatiofi 
which  included  his  mothef 
grandfather  and  aunts  ar! 
uncles. 

"This  day  is  a  surprise  arn 
will  be  remembered  as  one  < 
the  most  memorable  in  my  life 
I  love  being  your  pastor,"  li 
added.  "And  I  hope  I'll  be  her 
another  15  years." 

(Reprint  of  Kenly  Newi 

MRS.  ELLEN  BASS 
RECEIVES  LIFE 
MEMBERSHIP  AWARD 

Homecoming  Day,  October! 
1983 :  '  'This  is  the  day  which  th 
LORD  hath  made;  we  will  n 
joice  and  be  glad  in  it"  (Psali 
118:24).    It   is   with  gres 


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isure  we  pause  to  honor  one 
ur  ladies  who  is  a  member 
le  Annie  McPhail  Auxiliary. 
k  gracious  woman  retaineth 
our  .  .  ."  (Proverbs  11:16). 
tie  auxiliary  has  an  award, 
nsored  by  the  State 
nan's  Auxiliary,  for  honor- 
women  who  have  con- 
uted  outstanding  service.  It 
illed  the  "Life  Membership 
ird." 

le  one  whom  we  are  honor- 
today  is  a  very  special  per- 
not  only  to  me  but  to  all 
know  her,  and  to  many 
pie  with  whom  she  has  come 
:ontact  through  the  years, 
is  always  ready  and  willing 

0  what  she  can  for  her  God, 
church  and  her  fellowman. 

has  exemplified  these 
lities  by  doing  what  she 
d  in  whatever  capacity  she 
ailed  on  to  do.  She  always 
her  best  regardless  of  what 
as.  To  know  her  is  to  love 

3  we  honor  this  dear  lady  I 
t  to  quote  Proverbs  31:10; 
10  can  find  a  virtuous 
lan?  for  her  price  is  far 
»re  rubies." 

xr  honoree  is  Mrs.  Ellen 
s. 

Mrs.  Ellen,"  as  she  is 
yn  to  most  of  us,  accepted 
ist  and  joined  Oak  Grove 
rch  at  the  age  of  17  and  has 
ained  a  member  for  63 
rs.  During  this  time  she 
fht  the  Beginners'  class 
;ral  years.  She  has  been  a 
jut  and  faithful  auxiliary 
nber  for  many  years  and 

always  served  well  in 
tever  capacity  she  was 
3d  on  to  serve.  For  35  years 

honoree  has  served  as 
etary  and  treasurer  of  Oak 
ve  Sunday  School  and  is 
serving. 

ith  all  her  activities  and  her 
}  commitment  to  her  family 
neighbors,  she  is  always 
ly  to  share  her  many  fruits 
vegetables,  never  too  busy 
asit  the  shut-ins  or  carry 

1  where  it  is  needed. 

rs.  Ellen  truly  lives  the 
ds  of  Jesus  who  said,  "In- 


asmuch as  ye  have  done  it  unto 
one  of  the  least  of  these  my 
brethren,  ye  have  done  it  unto 
me"  (Matthew  25:40). 

She  is  a  devoted  and  loving 
wife,  mother  of  two  girls  and 
three  boys,  two  of  whom  have 
gone  to  be  with  the  Lord.  Mrs. 
Ellen  is  a  grandmother  and  a 
great-grandmother. 

Mrs.  Ellen,  we  as  members 
of  the  Annie  McPhail  Auxiliary 
would  like  to  take  this  oppor- 
tunity to  say  "thank  you"  for 
the  services,  love  and 
understanding  you  have  given 
us  through  the  years.  You  have 
been  a  great  inspiration  to  all  of 
us. 

We  feel,  as  Proverbs  31:30 
tells  us,  that  you  are  "a  woman 
that  feareth  the  Lord,"  and 
should  be  praised. 

Mrs.  Ellen,  we  love  and  ap- 
preciate you  and  we  are  happy 
to  honor  you  as  our  "Auxiliary 
Woman  of  the  Year." 

It  is  an  honor  and  great 
privilege  for  me  on  behalf  of  the 
Annie  McPhail  Auxiliary  to 
present  you  this  Life  Member- 
ship Pin  and  Certificate. 

May  God  continue  to  bless 
and  sustain  you,  so  you  can 
serve  Him  faithfully  in  the 
future  as  you  have  in  the  past  is 
our  prayer. 

Mr.  Leo  (Mrs.  Ellen's  hus- 
band) was  then  asked  to  come 
forward  and  join  Mrs.  Ellen. 

For  several  years  the  church 
has  been  honoring  someone 
with  a  bouquet  of  flowers  at 
homecoming.  Today  the  church 
is  honoring  a  couple  who  have 
committed  their  lives  to  God 
and  Oak  Grove  Church  for  a 
total  of  122  years. 

Mrs.  Ellen  accepted  Christ 
and  joined  Oak  Grove  Church 
63  years  ago;  Mr.  Leo  moved 
his  membership  59  years  ago. 
In  committing  himself  to  God, 
His  church  and  his  fellowman, 
he  has  lived  a  very  active  and 
productive  life.  They  cele- 
brated their  61st  anniversary 
on  December  10. 

Mr.  Leo  served  as  Sunday 
school  superintendent  and  as  a 
teacher  for  several  years. 


This  past  September  was  42 
years  ago  he  was  ordained  as  a 
deacon  of  Oak  Grove  Church. 
As  a  man  of  God  he  has  been 
about  His  Father's  business. 
When  the  church  doors  are 
open  Mr.  Leo  and  Mrs.  Ellen 
are  always  here  unless  it's  due 
to  illness.  They  have  attended 
many  Cape  Fear  Union 
Meetings,  auxiliary  conven- 
tions and  conferences.  Mr.  Leo 
has  served  on  various  commit- 
tees. Wherever  these  two  are 
needed  they  are  always  willing 
to  do  what  they  can. 

It  is  with  love  and  apprecia- 
tion I  pin  these  flowers  on  you, 
Mrs.  Ellen. 

Mr.  Leo,  it  too  is  with  love 
and  appreciation  I  pin  this 
flower  on  you  for  your  many 
years  of  service  to  our  church. 

Ruth  R.  Daughtry 
President  of  Annie  McPhail  Auxiliary 


PIANO  GIVEN 
FOR  COLLEGE  HALL 


Clarence  G.  Wilson  of  Mount 
Olive  has  given  a  new  piano  for 
College  Hall.  The  gift  is  in 
memory  of  his  wife,  Hilda  Byrd 
Wilson  (1912-1983). 

Mr.  Wilson  attended  the 
grand  opening  of  College  Hall 
on  January  7.  Upon  learning 
that  the  piano  in  use  that  day 
was  on  loan  by  courtesy  of 
Frederick's  of  Goldsboro,  he 
called  the  College  and  offered 
to  give  the  piano  as  a  memorial 
to  his  wife. 

Mrs.  Wilson  was  a  member  of 
the  First  Methodist  Church  of 
Mount  Olive  and  sang  in  the 
church  choir  as  long  as  her 
health  permitted.  She  is 
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News  SI  Notes 


Oak  Grove  Women 
Honor  Senior  Citizens 

On  Saturday  night,  January 
28,  at  Oak  Grove  Church,  Route 
3,  Elm  City,  the  Woman's  Aux- 
iliary honored  its  senior 
citizens  by  having  a  supper  for 
them.  There  were  32  who  at- 
tended. After  the  supper,  enter- 
tainment was  enjoyed  by  all. 
Thanks  go  to  Geraldine  Gard- 
ner and  all  the  ladies  who  took 
part. 

State  League 
Convention  to  Meet 

"Praise  ye  the  LORD" 
(Psalm  150:1)  is  the  theme  of 
the  program  of  the  North  Caro- 
lina State  Convention  of  Free 
Will  Baptist  Leagues,  which 
will  convene  on  Saturday, 
March  10,  1984,  at  Beaverdam 
Church,  Route  1,  Chadbourn. 
Registration  will  begin  at  9:30 
a.m.  and  the  convention  at  10 
a.m. 

We  look  forward  to  the 
musical  program,  "Kids 
Praise,"  that  will  be  given  by 
the  Goldsboro  Leagues.  A  brief 
afternoon  session  will  be  held 
this  year,  and  a  singspiration  is 
part  of  the  plan  for  this  session. 

As  usual,  the  Junior  and  In- 
termediate Sword  Drills  will  be 
held  with  winners  receiving  an 
expense-paid  or  one-half 
expense-paid  trip  to  Cragmont 
this  summer.  Each  church  may 
enter  one  contestant  in  the 
Junior  drill  (ages  9-11)  and  one 
contestant  in  the  Intermediate 
drill  (ages  12-15).  Copies  of  the 
study  materials  may  be  ob- 
tained from  Mrs.  Margaret 
Ard,  Route  1,  Box  155,  Pink 
Hill,  North  Carolina  28572.  The 
1985  study  materials  are  now 
available. 

Leagues  are  requested  to 
send  a  generous  contribution 
for  the  state  project— Crag- 
mont debt  retirement  on  main 
building— at  least  $75  if  possi- 
ble. Any  amount,  however,  will 
be  greatly  appreciated. 

Report  blanks  have  been 
mailed  to  either  the  general 


secretary  or  the  general  direc- 
tor of  the  local  Leagues.  Any 
League  that  has  not  received  a 
report  blank  should  write  for 
one  from  Miss  Leah  McGlohon, 
P.O.  Box  2,  Winterville,  North 
Carolina  28590.  Please  note  that 
the  registration  fee  is  $15. 

Central  Conference 
Layman's  League  to  Meet 

The  Central  Conference 
Layman's  League  Convention 
will  be  held  at  King's  Cross 
Roads  Church  near  Farmville, 
on  March  5,  1984.  There  will  be 
a  barbecue  supper  before  the 
meeting.  The  time  of  the  supper 
will  be  7  p.m.  until  8  p.m. 

The  convention  will  start  at  8 
p.m.  It  is  hoped  that  we  will 
have  as  many  laymen  present 
as  possible. 

Shiloh  Church  to 
Host  Singspiration 

Shiloh  Church,  Pinetown,  will 
host  a  singspiration  featuring 
"Danny  and  the  Ambassadors" 
from  New  Bern,  on  Saturday, 
February  18.  The  time  of  the 
services  is  7  p.m.  Everyone  is 
invited  to  attend.  The  pastor  of 
the  church  is  the  Rev.  Bobby 
Brown. 

Revival  at  Sandy  Plain  Church 

Revival  services  will  be  held 
February  20-24,  at  Sandy  Plain 
Church,  near  Pink  Hill.  The 
time  of  the  services  is  7:30  p.m. 
The  prayer  rooms  open  at  7:10 
p.m.  There  will  be  special  sing- 
ing each  evening.  The  Rev. 
Ransom  McAbee  is  pastor  of 
the  church.  The  Rev.  Ronnie 
Parker,  pastor  of  Folkstone 
Church,  will  be  the  evangelist. 
Everyone  is  welcomed  to  at- 
tend these  services. 

News  from  Shiloh  Church 

Last  year  Shiloh  Church 
called  the  Rev.  Bobby  Brown 
and  his  wife,  Betsy,  to  pastor 
the  church.  Since  then  the 
church  has  begun  to  grow.  Mr. 
Brown  says,  "The  glory  goes  to 
the  Lord  because  the  member- 
ship has  pulled  together  and  we 
are  all  working  in  His  love." 


Here  are  some  of  the  blessing^ 
the  Lord  has  given  to  the  peo 
pie:  twenty-two  member? 
added  to  the  Sunday  school,  am 
eleven  members  to  the  churcl 
roll.  The  church  services  hav« 
increased  50%.  The  church  pui 
chased  a  tape  duplicatin 
machine  to  help  broaden  th 
church  tape  ministry.  The  tap 
ministry  has  grown  from  on 
family  to  twenty-five.  The  tap 
ministers  are  Hugh  Harris? 
Raymond  Lagcher,  and  Danni 
Foreman. 

Under  the  direction  of  JoAn 
Windley  the  Bible  school  was 
great  success. 

"Pennies  for  Missions"  wa 
formed  and  has  been  very  su< 
cessful.  The  once-a-month  o:, 
fering  has  averaged  $90.  Thi 
has  not  affected  the  weekly  o:j 
fering  which  has  increased  bj 
40%. 

The  AFC  led  by  Marlen 
Jackson  was  very  blessed  thi| 
past  year:  They  were  Bibl 
Bowl  Conference  champs 
short  story,  1st  place;  crafty 
1st  place.  State  Conference:  B{ 
ble  Bowl,  2nd  place;  shoi 
story,  2nd  place;  crafts,  211, 
place.  General  Conference:  Bl 
ble  Bowl,  2nd  place. 

This  year  there  will  be  AFI 
and  YFA  teams.  The  AFC  an 
YFA  raised  close  to  $500  in  di 
ferent  and  continued  projects  ij 
purchase  a  sound  system  to  pi 
in  the  church.  The  League  hel 
its  first  meeting,  January  : 
1984.  The  Lord  has  blessed  th 
church  League.  The  average  a1 
tendance  is  50.  The  Leagu1 
which  started  out  broke  noi 
has  a  bank  account  of  $500  as  <j 
February. 

The  people  of  Shiloh  e: 
ceeded  the  Mount  Olive  dinnt 
goal.  They  take  the  theme  ft 
this  year  very  seriously  "Somi 
thing  to  Look  for  in  84." 

Mr.  Brown  preaches  foi 
times  a  week  and  teaches  th 
adult  league  class.  Mr.  Brown 
spiritual  preaching  an 
teaching  and  the  teaching  of  h 
wife,   Betsy,   have  been  ft 


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Children's  Home 


"DENTAL  HYGIENE  WORKSHOP" 


On  February  1,  1984,  Dr.  Scott  Vander  Venn,  dentist;  Jean 
Joyner,  and  Cathy  Sykes  (dental  hygienists)  presented  a  workshop 
on  "Dental  Care"  for  our  younger  children  on  campus.  A  filmstrip 
was  shown  demonstrating  the  proper  methods  for  tooth  care.  We 
discussed  the  types  of  food  that  prevent  tooth  decay  and  the  effects 
of  sugar  upon  teeth. 

The  children  practiced  the  correct  procedures  for  brushing, 
and  flossing.  They  were  presented  toothbrushes  and  dental  floss. 

We  appreciate  the  interests  of  professionals  such  as  Dr.  Vander 
Venn  and  assistants!  Dr.  Vander  Venn  works  out  of  Twin  County 
Rural  Health  Clinic  in  Hollister,  North  Carolina. 


Durce  of  great  encouragement 
>  all— young  and  old  alike.  He 
!  also  a  member  of  the  con- 
;rence  missions  board  and  is 
orking  on  his  doctorate 
egree  in  theology. 

[ew  Jerusalem  Way  Singers  to 
»e  at  Free  Spirit  Church 

Free  Spirit  Church  would  like 
)  announce  that  on  February 
6,  at  7  p.m.,  the  New 
erusalem  Way  Singers  of  Ken- 
j  will  be  in  a  song  service  to 
elp  the  members  to  begin  their 
pring  revival. 

The  members  and  their 
astor,  the  Rev.  Wayne 
Whitley,  pray  that  this  service 
ill  be  so  successful  that 
yeryone  will  come  back  and 
articipate  in  the  revival  ser- 
ices  which  will  begin  just  one 
eek  later  on  March  5  and  will 
mtinue  through  March  9.  The 
me  of  the  services  is  7:30  p.m. 
rayer  room  opens  at  7 : 15  each 
ight. 

The  Rev.  Vaughn  of  Wilson 
ill  be  speaking  each  evening, 
here  will  be  special  singing 
ich  night.  Everyone  is  invited 
I attend. 


CHANGE  OF  ADDRESS 

The  Rev.  Robert  Rollins, 
Drmerly  of  Kinston,  has 
ssumed  the  pastorate  of  Davis 
hurch.  His  new  address  is  as 
Jllows:  Box  43,  Davis,  North 
■arolina  28524. 


NOTICE  TO 
ARTICIPATING  CHURCHES 

Churches  participating  in  the 
Widow's  Fund  are  asked  to  note 
mt  two  ministers  have  died, 
he  Rev.  Clarence  Bowen  and 
le  Rev.  Willie  Stilley  have 
oth  passed  away  within  the 
ist  several  weeks. 

Gifts  of  $50  for  each  are  now 
ue  from  those  participating  in 
ie  program.  Please  respond 
ccordingly  by  sending  your 
ifts  to  the  following  address: 
oard  of  Superannuation,  Box 
3,  Ayden,  North  Carolina 
3513. 

Don  Fader 


THE  IMPORTANCE  OF 
INDEPENDENT  LIVING 

Learning  how  to  live  in  the 
"outside  world"  can  be  a 
gradual  process  or  it  can  be  a 
"slap  in  the  face."  No  one  likes 
being  slapped :  it  is  frightening, 
unexpected,  confusing,  and  it 
hurts.  These  feelings  can  be  ex- 
perienced by  a  young  adult  who 
is  not  prepared  to  face  the  out- 
side world  on  his  or  her  own. 

An  Independent  Living  pro- 
gram assists  the  young  adult  in 
gradually  preparing  for  what 
will  be  required  of  him  to  sur- 
vive in  society.  It  is  important 
to  learn  a  daily  routine,  how  to 


balance  a  checkbook,  to  cook 
balanced  meals,  to  follow  a 
monthly  budget,  and  to  make 
decisions  for  oneself.  These 
tasks  help  the  young  adult  to 
mature  and  accept  responsibili- 
ty for  himself  and  his  future. 

Independent  Living  helps  the 
experience  of  leaving  the 
"nest"  seem  less  confusing  and 
frightening  because  the  person 
is  prepared  to  handle  living  on 
his  own.  An  Independent  Living 
program  is  not  a  guarantee  that 
life  will  be  easier,  but  is  a 
preparation  for  what  is  to  be  ex- 
pected when  a  young  adult  is 
ready  to  leave  the  nest  and 
begin  a  life  of  his  own. 


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Mount  Olive  College 

Endowment  of  the  Week 

COLLEGE  PRESENTED 
PORTRAIT  OF 
FIRST  PRESIDENT 


Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon  of  Mount  Olive 
and  the  Rev.  David  W.  Hansley  of  La 
Grange  are  shown  hanging  a  portrait  of 
the  late  Lloyd  Vernon,  first  president  of 
Mount  Olive  College  (1952-5b). 

The  portrait  is  an  oil  painting 
given  to  the  College  by  Mrs. 
Vernon,  who  has  also  estab- 
lished the  "Lloyd  Vernon  En- 
dowment" at  the  College.  In- 
come from  the  Endowment  is 
used  to  maintain  "The  Lloyd 
Vernon  Library  Collection" 
which  consists  of  books  and 
other  learning  resources  ap- 
propriate for  the  education  of 
ministers  and  other  persons 
preparing  for  church-related 
vocations. 

"The  Vernon  Endowment  is 
of  special  significance  in  help- 
ing Mount  Olive  develop  a  four- 
year  program  for  ministers," 
President  W.  Burkette  Raper 
declared.  "It  is  indeed  a  mean- 
ingful memorial  to  a  person 
who  devoted  many  years  of  his 
life  to  improving  the  educa- 
tional standards  of  the  Free 
Will  Baptist  ministry." 

The  Endowment  is  open  to 
any  churches  or  persons  who 
would  like  to  make  gifts  to  the 
College  in  memory  of  Mr.  Ver- 
non (1894-1980). 

Mr.  Hansley  served  as  first 
Chairman  of  the  Board  of 
Trustees  of  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege. 


FIFTY-ONE  CHAIRS  CONTRIBUTED  TO  COLLEGE  HALlI 
The  campaign  for  convention  chairs  in  College  Hall  contini 
to  make  outstanding  progress.  Gifts  for  fifty-one  (51)  chairs  durlT 
the  week  ending  February  6  brought  the  total  to  date  to  680.  if 
College  is  seeking  a  goal  of  800  chairs  by  March  9. 

For  a  gift  of  $50,  individuals,  churches,  Sunday  schools,  ai 
iliaries,  Layman's  Leagues  and  other  church  groups  may  sponso 
chair  in  honor  or  in  memory  of  a  person  of  their  choosing.  Dono 
as  well  as  those  honored  and  memorialized,  will  be  recognized  or 
chart  in  the  lobby  of  College  Hall. 


Summary  Through  February  6 

Needed  800  Chairs  ($50  each) 

Gifts  to  date  680  Chairs 

Balance  120 

Donors  January  31— February  6 


Donors 

First  Church  of  Klnston  Layman's  League,  Klnston 
In  Honor  of  Bill  Gurganus 

By  Union  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Plymouth 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Graham  Faucette 

By  Saint  Mary's  Church,  Kenly 
In  Honor  of  Amy  Faucette 

By  Saint  Mary's  Church,  Kenly 
Oak  Grove  Church,  Elm  City 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Willis  Wilson 

By  Willis  Wilson  Sunday  School  Class  of  Reedy 

Branch  Church,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  Rebecca  P.  Moye  and  Terri  Averette 

By  Senior  High  Sunday  School  Class  of  Reedy 

Branch  Church,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  O.  B.  Everett  Sr. 

By  Third  Eastern  Union  Meeting 
Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Incorporated,  Ayden 
Free  Union  Sunday  School,  Walstonburg 
Free  Union  Church,  Walstonburg 
In  Memory  of  John  Clark 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Donnie  Langston,  Snow  Hill 
In  Memory  of  Melvin  V.  Starling 

By  Mrs.  Lillie  A.  Starling,  Smithfield 
In  Honor  of  James  and  Kathy  Cahoon 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Willard  Cahoon,  Columbia 
Miss  Eleanor  G.  Dickinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Miss  Louise  Edgerton 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  A.  L.  Joyner,  Pikeville 
In  Memory  of  E.  Wade  and  Dessie  B.  Holland 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Herman  M.  Steward,  Four  Oaks 
In  Honor  of  Marian  Kennedy  (Miss  Mount  Olive  College 
of  1981) 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  L.  Kennedy,  La  Grange 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Robert  M.  May 

By  Hickory  Chapel  Church,  Ahoskie 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  L.  B.  Manning 

By  Fourth  Union  of  the  Central  Conference 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Earl  H.  Glenn 

By  the  Woman's  Auxiliary  of  Daniels  Chapel  Church, 

Wilson 

In  Honor  of  the  James  W.  Everton  Auxiliary 

By  the  Woman's  Auxiliary  of  Daniels  Chapel  Church, 
Wilson 

King's  Cross  Roads  Church,  Farmville 
In  Memory  of  Harvey  H.  and  Lydia  Casey 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  H.  H.  Casey  Jr.,  Goldsboro 
In  Memory  of  John  Gordon  Smith 

By  Mrs.  John  G.  Smith,  Paulette  Smith  Grant,  and 

Rachel  Ann  Smith,  Goldsboro 


Number 
of  Chairs 

2 


8 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Elizabeth  H.  Casey 

By  Sarah  McCormack  and  Ernestine  Lee,  Goldsboro 
i  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Bryant  Hines 

By  Casey's  Chapel  Church,  Goldsboro 
i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Tammy  W.  Hines 

By  Casey's  Chapel  Church,  Goldsboro 
.  Memory  of  Mary  Ann  Outlaw 

By  Betty  R.  Outlaw,  Mount  Olive 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Deanye  O.  Morris 

By  Donna  and  Rand  Holland,  Fremont 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Lurline  Averette 

By  Greenville  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Greenville 
Memory  of  Mrs.  Clarence  H.  Overman  Sr. 

By  the  Rev.  C.  H.  Overman,  Ayden 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Carroll  Hansley 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Alvis  N.  Heath,  Newport 
Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Linwood  A.  Harris  Sr. 

By  Mrs.  Lynn  H.  Paul,  Pantego 
Memory  of  Cornelia  S.  Jernigan 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  F.  Chambers,  Kenansville 
Memory  of  Robert  Lee  Summerlin  Jr. 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  F.  Chambers,  Kenansville 
Memory  of  Ada  J.  Summerlin 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  D.  F.  Chambers,  Kenansville 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  Clifton  Rice 

By  the  Ned  Skinner  Sunday  School  Class  of  Ormonds- 

ville  Church,  Ormondsville 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  Jack  Mayo 

By  Ormondsville  Church,  Ormondsville 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Carolyn  Mayo 

By  Ormondsville  Church,  Ormondsville 

Totals,  January  31— February  6 


50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 

50 
50 
$2,550 


COMING  EVENTS  AT  MOC 

Saturday,  February  18,  9:30 
.m.-Noon.  A  Financial  Aid 
workshop  for  parents  and 
tudents  attending  any  college 
l  the  fall  of  1984.  The  workshop 
|  designed  to  assist  prospec- 
ve  students  and  their  parents 
i  applying  for  all  types  of 
nancial  aid— scholarships, 
rants,  loans,  and  work  study, 
pecial  financial  aid  programs 
rid  the  procedures  to  be  fol- 
>wed  in  the  application  pro- 
ess  will  be  presented  in  detail, 
to  registration  fee  will  be 
harged. 

Monday,  February  20,  2:00 
.m.  Advisory  Committee  on 
hurch  Relations  will  meet  in 
le  Sawyer  Room  of  Moye 
ibrary.  Ray  Wells  is  chairman 
f  the  committee  and  Frank 
[arrison  serves  as  the  College 
spresentative. 

Tuesday,  February  21,  11:30 
.m.  President  W.  Burkette 
iaper  will  be  interviewed  on 
le  "Jim  Burns  Show"  on 
/ilmington  television,  Channel 
•WECT. 


COLLEGE  DAY  SERVICE  AT 
HICKORY  CHAPEL 

Hickory  Chapel  Church  near 
Ahoskie  will  observe  Sunday, 
February  19,  as  Mount  Olive 
College  Day. 

The  Rev.  Robert  May, 
pastor,  has  announced  that 
President  W.  Burkette  Raper 
will  be  the  guest  minister  for 
the  day.  Dr.  Raper  will  teach  a 
combined  session  of  adult  Sun- 
day school  classes  at  10  a.m. 
and  bring  the  message  for  the 
morning  worship  service. 

All  friends  of  the  College  in 
the  Ahoskie  area  are  cordially 
invited  to  these  special  ser- 
vices. 

SUNDAY  SCHOOL 
WORKSHOP  AT 
PLEASANT  HILL  CHURCH 

A  Sunday  School  Workshop 
will  be  held  at  Pleasant  Hill 
Church  near  Pikeville,  North 
Carolina,  on  February  23,  27 
and  March  5,  7 : 30-9 : 30  p.m.  The 
Paul  Palmer  Institute  of  Mount 
Olive  College  has  scheduled  the 
three-night  workshop  for  Sun- 
day school  teachers,  officers, 


pastors  and  lay  persons  in 
Wayne,  Johnston,  Wilson  and 
surrounding  area. 

Dianne  B.  Riley  will  conduct 
the  workshop.  Teaching  areas 
to  be  included  are,  the 
philosophy  and  purpose  of  the 
Sunday  school,  a  study  of 
teacher  characteristics,  ideas 
for  teaching  the  lesson,  audio- 
visual usage  and  ideas  for  more 
participation. 

In  order  to  cover  all  areas,  it 
is  important  that  those  attend- 
ing be  present  for  all  three 
sessions.  The  workshop  is  open 
to  persons  from  any  church. 
There  is  no  registration  fee. 

This  workshop  is  being  of- 
fered in  cooperation  with  the 
State  Sunday  School  Conven- 
tion of  Original  Free  Will  Bap- 
tists. 

FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 
HISTORICAL  SOCDSTY 

The  annual  meeting  of  the 
Free  Will  Baptist  Historical 
Society  has  been  scheduled  for 
February  24,  at  2  p.m.,  in  the 
Sawyer  Room  of  Moye  Library 
on  the  campus  of  Mount  Olive 
College. 

The  main  feature  of  the  pro- 
gram will  be  a  paper  on  the 
history  of  the  Free  Will  Baptist 
Theological  Seminary  and 
Eureka  College  by  Dr.  Michael 
R.  Pelt,  professor  of  Religion  at 
the  College. 

All  members  of  the  Historical 
Society  are  encouraged  to  be 
present  and  visitors  are  cor- 
dially invited. 

Ronnie  Hobgood,  Vice  President  and 
Program  Chairman 
Gary  F.  Barefoot,  Secretary 

FACULTY  SPEAKING 
ENGAGEMENT 

Dr.  Calvin  Mercer,  professor 
of  Religion,  will  participate  in  a 
panel  discussion  on  drinking 
and  driving  which  will  be  held 
on  Sunday,  February  19,  at  5:30 
p.m.,  at  Pine  Level  Church, 
Johnston  County.  The  Rev. 
Donald  Coates  is  the  host 
pastor. 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


9 


Foreign  Missions! 


OPEN  LETTER  FROM 
MISSIONARY  FRED  BAKER 

Dear  Friends, 

We  are  writing  this  open  letter  to  inform  you 
of  a  very  urgent  need  we  have  here  in  the  Philip- 
pines. Many  of  you  have  said,  "If  you  ever  need 
anything  just  let  us  know."  "If  there  is  anything 
I  can  do,  please  let  me  know."  It  is  because  we 
believe  in  the  sincerity  of  your  words  and  in  your 
commitment  to  Christ,  that  we  write  this  letter. 

The  need  is  for  the  building  to  house  our 
printing  department.  The  building  is  1,840  square 
feet  and  has  a  construction  cost  of  $15  a  square 
foot. 

Friend,  this  building  has  been  considered  by 
your  missionaries,  national  leaders,  and  the 
Board  of  Foreign  Missions  as  one  of  our  greatest 
needs.  We  are  constantly  plagued  with  a  short- 
age of  gospel  tracts  and  home  Bible  study 
materials  to  use  in  our  church  planting  and 
evangelistic  work.  Western  published  material 
with  western  illustrations  are  not  under- 
standable by  most  Asian  people. 

God  has  provided  us  with  an  offset  press, 
platemaker,  and  typewriters  to  begin  printing 
our  materials.  This  equipment  is  already  here, 
but  there  is  nowhere  to  unpack  it  and  put  it  into 
operation.  Therefore,  this  equipment  sits  idle  in 
crates  while  people  are  dying  without  the  gospel. 

This  project  depends  on  you,  your  Sunday 
school  class,  your  men's  group,  your  Woman's 
Auxiliary,  your  young  people,  and  your  church. 
How  many  square  feet  will  God  have  you  to  give? 
Remember,  God  never  asks  us  to  give  anything 
that  He  has  not  first  given  to  us. 


h 

Please  make  this  a  matter  of  prayer.  Sen 
your  gifts  to:  Board  of  Foreign  Missions,  Box  3* 
Ayden,  North  Carolina  28513.  Be  sure  to  mar 
your  gifts  for  this  project  "Philippine  Building. 

Thank  you  and  may  God  bless  you. 

Fred  Bake 

Missionary  to  the  Philippine] 


BUILDING  FOR  P.B.I.  PHILIPPINES 
PRAYER  REQUEST 

Join  us  in  prayer  for  the  completion  of  thi 
building  in  the  Philippines.  We  believe  the  Lon 
will  provide.  (See  John  14:13,  14.) 


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1170  sq.  needed  for  completion 

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On  campus  of  Palawan  Bible  Institute. 


You  can  help  by  sending  $15  for  one  squar 
foot.  The  square  foot  you  give  will  make  a  dil 
ference. 


DON'T  FORGET 
MARCH  9,  1984— The  World  Missions  Conference  and  Rally 


MARCH 


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The  daytime  sessions  will  be  held  on  the 
downtown  campus  of  Mount  Olive  College.  Join  us 
for  prayer  at  9  a.m.  The  first  session  begins  at  10 
a.m. 

The  World  Missions  Rally  will  be  held  in  College 
Hall  at  7:30  p.m.  Come  and  bring  a  large 
number  from  your  church. 
March  25  Telethon  Sunday  for  Foreign  Missions.  Plan  now 
to  call  in  your  special  offering  between  1:30-5:30 
p.m.  Phone  (919)  746-4963.  Your  call  will  make  a 
difference. 

March  25     Free  Will  Baptist  Day  of  Prayer  for  World  Mis- 
sions. Prayer  is  essential  for  a  strong  world  mis- 
sions program.  Thank  you  for  being  a  faithful 
prayer  partner. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


Woman's  Auxiliary 


Treasurer's  Report 
End  of  third  quarter,  January  31,  1984 

ilance  Brought  Forward,  November  1, 1983  $5,620.90 

Receipts 

jneral  Fund: 
Contributions  $ 
Registration  fees 

Per  Capita  dues  .80 

Interest  169.44 

Promotional  fund  (CSF)  137.55 

Life  Award  fees  70.00  377.79 

■nominational  Enterprises  11,425.95 

ital  Receipts  — —  11,803.74 


ital  for  which  to  account  $17,424.64 


invention  expenses  and 

allocations 
snominational  Enterprises 
ital  disbursed 
ilance  to  account  for, 

January  31,  1984 

•anch  Banking  and  Trust 
Company  (checking) 

ount  Olive  College  Bonds 
Total 


Disbursements 

$  224.20 
11,425.95 

11,650.15 


$  5,774.49 

Summary 

$  2,774.49 
3,000.00 
$  5,774.49 


DENOMINATIONAL  ENTERPRISE  REPORT 


Dme  Missions  (State  Project) 
>reign  Missions : 

General  Fund 

Mexico 

J.  E.  Timmons  Memorial  Fund 

Palawan  Library 

Press  Building  in  Philippines 

India  Pastor 

Bibles  for  India 

State  Project  (Missionary  wives) 
ount  Olive  College : 

General  Fund 

Alice  Lupton  Scholarship 

Anna  Phillips  Student  Aid 

State  Project  (dishwasher) 

Chairs  for  College  Hall 
uldren's  Home: 

General  Fund  (state  project) 

Clothing 

Music  lessons 

Child's  Christmas  gift 
perannuation 
agmont  Assembly 
itirement  Homes,  Inc 
fe  Award  Fees  (Children's  Home) 
mtral  Conference  Missions 
hristian  Service  Fund 

Missions 

Mount  Olive  College 
Children's  Home 
Cragmont 
Superannuation 
Retirement  Homes 
lal 

)  percent  retained  for  promotional 
(see  receipts  $137.55 


Itemize 


1,012.94 
225.00 
103.00 
80.00 
25.00 
80.00 
20.00 
470.00 

559.12 
43.50 
170.00 
269.00 
350.00 

3,258.10 
249.00 
45.00 
50.00 


Received 

$  1,369.28 


Disbursed 

$  1,369.28 


275.10 
275.10 
206.31 
206.31 
137.55 
137.54 


2,015.94 


1,391.62 


3,602.10 
434.00 
785.80 
394.30 
175.00 
20.00 


.  1,237.91 
$11,425.95 


2,015.94 


1,391.62 


3,602.10 
434.00 
785.80 
394.30 
175.00 
20.00 


1,237.91 
$11,425.95 


Respectfully  submitted, 
Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser,  Treasurer 


THE 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

by  Bass  Mitchell 

Albert  Schweitzer  once  said, 
"Example  is  not  the  main  thing 
in  influencing  others.  It  is  the 
only  thing!"  Perhaps  there  is 
nothing  we  can  do  that  will  be 
any  more  beneficial  for  Sunday 
school  teachers  than  to  provide 
them  with  models  of  commit- 
ment to  and  enthusiasm  about 
Christian  education.  Commit- 
ment and  enthusiasm  are  con- 
tagious. Can  we  expect 
teachers  to  be  anymore  com- 
mitted and  motivated  than  we 
are  as  leaders  in  the  church? 

But  how  can  we  have  such 
commitment  and  thus  set  the 
best  example  for  teachers?  Let 
me  offer  a  few  suggestions. 

First,  the  remainder  of  the 
articles  in  this  series  will  be  an 
elaboration  of  this  basic  point. 
If  we  put  into  practice  many  of 
the  things  discussed  in  these  ar- 
ticles, then  we  will  be  well  on 
our  way  to  setting  examples 
which  will  inspire  teachers  and 
offer  them  motivational  incen- 
tives. 

Second,  we  need  a  renewed 
vision  of  our  purpose  in  the 
world.  Specifically,  we  must 
become  convinced  of  the  ab- 
solute importance  and  necessi- 
ty of  the  educational  ministry 
in  the  life  of  the  church.  Such  a 
conviction  and  commitment 
would  be  following  the  example 
and  command  of  our  Lord. 
Jesus  considered  teaching  to  be 
essential  to  His  mission  and  the 
continuation  of  His  mission 
through  the  church.  Read 
through  the  Gospels  and  note 
how  often  Jesus  is  called 
"teacher"  and  how  often  He 
taught.  Also,  note  the  diverse 
teaching  methods  He  used.  He 
said  that  one  of  the  chief 
responsibilities  of  the  Holy 
Spirit  would  be  to  continue  His 
teaching  ministry  ( John  14 : 26 ) . 
As  the  risen  Lord  He  commis- 
sioned His  church  to  a  teaching 
ministry:  "Go  and  make 
disciples  of  all  nations,  baptiz- 
ing them  .  .  .  teaching  them  to 
(Continued  on  Page  13) 


3E  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


11 


Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
FEBRUARY 


19 


Scripture  Reading— Numbers  14,  15 

QUICK!  QUICK! 

As  one  of  the  early  translators  of  the  Bible 
was  finishing  his  work,  he  felt  death  coming  on. 
"Quick!  Quick!"  he  said  to  the  copyist.  "All  is 
done,  but  a  portion  of  a  chapter."  He  began  to 
dictate  rapidly.  The  penman  pushed  himself  to 
the  limit  and  the  task  was  completed.  The  Bible 
had  been  translated  into  the  language  of  the  com- 
mon people.  The  lips  of  the  translator  moved 
feebly.  The  faithful  scribe,  bending  low,  caught 
his  last  words:  "Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and  to 
the  Son,  and  to  the  Holy  Ghost!" 

Let  us  so  give  ourselves  to  our  apportioned 
task  that  when  we  face  life's  setting  sun  we  can 
say,  "I  have  finished  the  work  which  Thou 
gavest  me  to  do!" 


There  is  no  limit  to  what  can  be  accom- 
plished if  it  doesn't  matter  who  gets  the  credit. 


MONDAY, 
FEBRUARY 


30 


Scripture  Reading— Numbers  16-18 

THE  EASY  ROAD  CROWDED 

The  easy  roads  are  crowded, 

And  the  level  roads  are  jammed; 
The  pleasant  little  rivers 

With  the  drifting  folks  are  crammed, 
But  off  yonder  where  it's  rocky 

Where  you  get  a  better  view, 
You  will  find  the  ranks  are  thinning 

And  the  travelers  are  few. 

Where  the  going's  smooth  and  pleasant 

You  will  always  find  the  throng, 
For  the  many,  more's  the  pity, 

Seem  to  like  to  drift  along; 
But  the  steps  that  call  for  courage, 

And  the  task  that's  hard  to  do, 
In  the  end  results  in  glory 

For  the  never-wavering  few. 


The  Christian  should  not  differentiate  be- 
tween things  secular  and  things  sacred.  All  that 
the  Christian  does  should  be  sacred:  "And  what- 
soever ye  do  in  word  or  deed,  do  all  in  the  name 
of  the  Lord  Jesus"  (Colossians  3:17).  The  words, 
"Holiness  unto  the  Lord, "  should  be  emblazoned 
over  everything  the  Christian  does. 


TUESDAY, 
FEBRUARY 


21 


Scripture  Reading -Numbers  19,  20 

OPPOSITION! 
Opposition !  It  is  a  bad  sign  for  the  Christiani- 
ty  of  this  day  that  it  provokes  so  little  opposition. 1 
If  there  were  no  other  evidence  of  its  being1 
wrong,  I  should  know  it  from  that.  When  the1 
church  and  the  world  can  go  along  comfortably 1 
together,  you  may  be  sure  there  is  something1 
wrong.  The  world  has  not  altered.  Its  spirit  is  ex- ' 
actly  the  same  as  it  ever  was:  and  if  Christians 1 
were  equally  faithful  and  devoted  to  the  Lord, 
and  separated  from  the  world,  living  so  that  their 
lives  were  a  reproof  to  all  ungodliness,  the  world 
would  hate  them  as  much  as  it  ever  did.  It  is  the 
church  that  has  altered,  not  the  world. 


"What  do  you  consider  a  good  rule  of  life?" 
someone  asked  Dr.  J.  Wilbur  Chapman.  He 
replied,  "This  rule  governs  my  life — anything 
that  dims  my  vision  of  Christ,  or  takes  away  my 
taste  for  Bible  study,  or  cramps  my  prayer  life, 
or  makes  Christian  work  more  difficult,  is  wrong 
for  me  and  I  must,  as  a  Christian,  turn  away 
from  it. " 


WEDNESDAY, 
FEBRUARY 


22 


Scripture  Reading— Numbers  21,  22 

WHY  HE  SOLD  HIS  VIOLIN 
More  than  once  I  heard  the  late  Gypsy  Smith 
relate  the  story  of  his  father's  conversion.  He 
heard  the  message  of  salvation,  and,  with 
penitence,  received  the  Saviour  as  his  own.  That 
evening  he  returned  to  his  motherless  children  in 
the  gypsy  wagon,  and  related  to  them  all  he  knew 
of  the  Saviour  and  of  the  Scriptures.  Then  he 
prayed  with  them,  setting  up  a  family  altar  the 
first  night  of  his  new  life  in  Christ.  The  following 
morning  he  repeated  the  whole  matter  again. 
Then  he  went  back  to  town,  and  took  with  him  the 
dearest  treasure  of  a  gypsy's  heart,  his  violin.  On 
returning  home  that  night,  he  was  without  it,  for 
he  had  sold  it.  He  had  sufficient  spiritual  insight 
that  first  day  of  salvation  to  realize  that  the  old 
association  with  drinking  and  dancing  places, 
where  he  had  used  his  violin,  would  be  inconsis- 
tent with  his  stand  for  Christ,  and  detrimental  to 
his  own  conscience. 


We  are  glad  for  those  whose  background 
allows  them  to  play  the  violin  for  God's  glory,  but 
whatever  is  inconsistent  to  us  and  to  others  must 
be  abandoned. 


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HURSDAY,  2Q 
EBRUARY 

ripture  Reading -Numbers  23-25 

I'M  THAT  CLOWN! 
"I  am  suffering  from  such  an  overwhelming 
jpression  that  life  has  become  unbearable," 
dd  a  patient  to  a  well-known  psychiatrist.  "Try 
rely  amusement,  or  try  a  lively  novel.  This 
ay  take  your  thoughts  from  yourself  and  prove 
itter  than  any  medicine  I  might  prescribe," 
id  the  doctor.  The  patient  shook  his  head 
avely,  as  he  stared  vacantly  and  despairingly 
the  doctor.  "Ah,"  said  the  medic,  "I  think  I 
low  what  will  lift  you  out  of  your  despondency, 
jvant  you  to  go  to  the  circus  tonight.  There  you 
ill  see  the  antics  of  a  world-famed  clown.  His 
owning  is  the  talk  of  the  city,  and  his  merri- 
ent  is  contagious! "  Blank  despair  deepened  on 
e  face  of  the  patient  as  he  sadly  said,  "But  doc- 
r,  I'm  that  clown!" 


The  "world"  is  a  "spirit,"  and  is  expressed 
things.  It  defies  exact  definition  because  it  is  a 
irit.  The  closest  working  definition  I  have 
und  is  that  of  John  Wesley:  "Whatsoever  cools 
y  affection  toward  Christ  is  the  world." 


RID  AY, 
EBRUARY 


24 


ripture  Reading— Numbers  26,  27 

NO  HALF  MEASURES 
There  is  no  very  great  measure  of  joy  in  a 
.lf-hearted  Christian  life.  Many  so-called  Chris- 
ins  have  just  enough  religion  to  make  them 
iserable.  They  can  no  longer  enjoy  the  world, 
id  they  have  not  entered  into  the  "joy  of  the 
»rd."  There  they  stand,  deprived  of  the  "leeks, 
id  the  onions,  and  the  garlic"  of  Egypt,  and 
thout  the  milk  and  honey  and  the  finest  of  the 
leat  of  Canaan.  That  is  a  wretched  place  to  be 
.  The  way  out  is  simple— absolute  surrender  to 
)d.  Then  your  joy  will  be  fulfilled.  There  is  but 
e  way  to  find  that  fullness  of  joy— a  sur- 
ndered  life. 


A  will  and  life  completely  surrendered  to  the 
td  of  love  will  bring  joy  under  all  cir- 
mstances. 


^TURDAY, 
EBRUARY 


25 


•ipture  Reading— Numbers  28,  29 

DON'T  KNOW  WHERE  TO  DRAW  THE  LINE 
A  teenage  girl  was  converted  and  filled  with 
/e  for  her  Lord.  She  wanted  to  please  Him  in  all 
at  she  did.  "I  want  to  be  the  best  kind  of  a 
tness  for  my  Lord,  but  I  don't  know  where  to 


draw  the  line,"  she  said  to  her  pastor.  "There 
are  certain  kinds  of  worldly  pleasures  that  other 
Christian  young  people  seem  to  think  are  all 
right.  I  don't  want  to  go  to  any  place  where  I  can- 
not take  my  Lord,"  she  said. 

The  pastor  was  understanding  and  sym- 
pathetic. "Elizabeth,  Christ  is  now  your  Compa- 
nion. Will  your  going  to  questionable  places 
strengthen  your  daily  walk  with  Him?  Can  you 
invite  Jesus  to  accompany  you  and  take  part  in 
these  things?  Should  Jesus  come  when  you  are  in 
some  questionable  place,  would  you  be  ashamed 
to  be  there?"  "Thank  you,  pastor,"  said 
Elizabeth.  "When  I  am  in  doubt  about  anything, 
I  will  give  Jesus  the  benefit  of  the  doubt,  and 
seek  to  please  Him  in  all  that  I  do." 


A  fine  Christian  woman  once  testified: 
"Shortly  after  I  was  married,  I  lived  in  a  com- 
munity in  which  many  of  the  ladies  spent  much 
of  their  time  in  social  affairs,  some  of  which 
were  not  necessarily  evil  but  of  no  lasting  value 
in  relation  to  the  judgment  seat  of  Christ.  Before 
I  realized  it,  I  found  myself  enmeshed  in  an 
endless  round  of  social  functions.  I  was  neglect- 
ing my  home,  prayer,  and  Bible  study.  I  knew  I 
had  to  make  a  choice  between  the  world  and  giv- 
ing Christ  first  place  in  my  life.  How  I  praise 
Him  for  the  decision  I  made  to  follow  Him!" 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


THE  CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

(Continued  from  Page  11) 

observe  all  that  I  have  commanded  you  .  .  . 
Christian  education  was  not  a  passing  interest  or 
option  for  Jesus!  How  can  it  be  for  us? 

Third,  we  as  leaders  must  devote  more  of 
our  time  and  attention  to  Christian  education. 
How  much  time  did  you  devote  to  Christian 
education  last  week?  If  teachers  see  that  we  con- 
sider Christian  education  important  enough  to 
deserve  a  significant  amount  of  our  time  and 
energy,  then  they  are  more  likely  to  do  the  same. 
This  means  that  we  as  ministers  must  devote 
more  time  to  being  an  educator.  Too  often  we 
treat  teaching  as  an  option  which  we  can  take  or 
leave.  We  would  do  well  as  a  denomination  to  re- 
quire that  teaching  be  a  major  expectation  of  the 
ordained  ministry.  I  believe  that  this  is  going  to 
be  an  increasing  need  and  demand  among  our 
churches. 

Do  not  underestimate  the  power  of  an  exam- 
ple, for  good  or  bad.  We  set  an  example  whether 
we  know  it  or  not.  What  kind  of  an  example  are 
we  setting? 


IE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


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Sunday  School  Lesson 


For  February  19 
COME  TO  THE  FEAST 

Lesson  Text:  Isaiah  55:1-3,  6-11 
Memory  Verse:  Isaiah  55:6 

"A  gospel  message  should 
never  be  concluded  without  an 
invitation  being  given."  The 
writer  remembers  receiving 
this  advice  from  a  Christian 
professor  years  ago,  and  in 
principle  he  considers  it  valid. 
The  proclamation  of  the  Word 
of  God,  whether  in  sermon,  in 
teaching,  or  in  daily  conversa- 
tion, should  challenge  the 
hearer  to  a  decision.  Any  who 
have  never  confessed  the  Christ 
publicly  should  be  invited  to  do 
so,  thus  to  claim  His  promise  in 
Matthew  10: 32— "Whosoever 
therefore  shall  confess  me 
before  men,  him  will  I  confess 
also  before  my  Father  which  is 
in  heaven."  One  of  the  first  to 
make  this  confession  was  the 
Apostle  Peter,  when  he 
declared,  "Thou  art  the  Christ, 
the  Son  of  the  living  God"  (Mat- 
thew 16:16).  All  would  do  well 
to  follow  his  example,  since 
there  is  "none  other  name 
under  heaven  given  among 
men,  whereby  we  must  be 
saved"  (Acts  4:12). 

The  proclamation  of  the 
Word  of  God  is  not  mere  recital. 
It  is  not  just  to  enter- 
tain—although many  seem  to 
believe  this  to  be  the  purpose  of 
preaching!  Nor  is  it  simply  to 
inform.  Truth  is  to  be 
presented,  yes.  The  teaching  of 
the  Bible  and  the  evidence  of 
the  truth  of  it  must  be  com- 
municated, but  this  com- 
munication is  not  an  end  in 
itself.  The  gospel,  it  has  been 
observed,  consists  of  "facts  to 
be  believed,  commands  to  be 
obeyed,  and  promises  to  be  en- 
joyed." Belief  without  obe- 
dience can  scarcely  be  said  to 
be  belief  at  all— "the  devils  also 
believe,  and  tremble"  (James 
2:19).  Consequently,  those  with 
whom  the  message  is  shared 
should  be  invited  to  confess 


Christ  as  Saviour  and  to  be 
buried  with  Him  in  baptism,  to 
rise  to  a  new  life  (Mark  16:16; 
Acts  2:38;  Romans  6:4).  The 
work  of  the  messenger  of  God  is 
incomplete  until  he  has  ex- 
tended God's  invitation.  This 
truth  is  demonstrated  in  our 
lesson  for  today. 

"Comfort  ye,  comfort  ye  my 
people,  saith  your  God."  These 
are  the  opening  words  of  the 
section  of  Isaiah  known  ap- 
propriately as  "The  Book  of 
Comfort."  The  need  for  com- 
fort was  great.  God  had  not 
wholly  cast  off  His  people,  but 
He  did  permit  them  to  suffer 
exile  in  Babylon  because  of 
their  sins.  Jerusalem  lay  in 
ruins,  and  the  exile  dragged  on 
into  the  second  or  third  genera- 
tion. Israel  was  "a  people 
robbed  and  spoiled"  (42:22) 
and  there  was  no  one  to  guide 
her  (51:18).  It  did  not  help  her 
situation  to  realize  that  she  was 
suffering  the  anger  of  the  Lord 
because  she  had  sinned 
(42 : 24) ;  and  we  can  understand 
that  the  people  might  despair 
that  God  had  forgotten  them 
(49:14).  Some,  obviously,  were 
resigning  themselves  to  a  con- 
tinued existence  in  Babylon, 
not  daring  to  hope  for  anything 
better.  But  to  these  people  the 
prophet  addressed  words  of 
comfort  and  hope.  God  would 
provide  deliverance  for  them. 

Basic  to  this  prophecy  and 
stated  emphatically  is  the  fact 
that  there  is  only  one  true  God 
and  only  He  could  help  (44:6; 
45:5,  6,  21,  22).  He  would  raise 
up  Cyrus,  king  of  Persia,  as  a 
deliverer  of  Israel  from  the 
Babylonian  captivity  ( 44 : 28 ) . 
Jerusalem  would  be  rebuilt 
(45:13).  This  deliverance  of 
Israel  is  recognized  as  a  new 
creation  of  the  Lord.  Like 
Ezekiel's  valley  of  dry  bones, 
the  nation  would  live  again. 
This  deliverance  is  compared 
with  the  deliverance  from 
Egypt,  but  it  would  be  more 
glorious.  Its  effect  would  even- 
tually fall  upon  the  Gentiles, 


who  would  share  in  the  bless- 
ings of  the  Lord. 

As  the  prophecy  unfolds,  il 
becomes  evident  that  what  is 
described  for  us  is  the  begin- 
ning of  a  great  era  of  salva- 
tion—something far  more  than 
the  return  of  a  few  thousand 
Jews  from  Babylon.  Theirs 
would  be  a  temporal  salvation, 
wrought  by  Cyrus,  but  not  to  be 
compared  with  the  salvation 
from  sin  for  time  and  eternity 
that  the  Servant  of  the  Lord 
would  provide.  The  Servant 
would  make  atonement  for  sin 
and  usher  in  the  Kingdom  of 
God  (Isaiah  53).  In  Chapter  54 
we  have  a  picture  of  Zion,  the 
redeemed  city  of  God,  but  it  is 
more  than  the  literal 
Jerusalem  of  the  returned  ex- 
iles. It  is  God's  kingdom, 
enlarged  to  include  all  who 
would  respond  to  God's  call.  In 
Galatians  4:27  the  Apostle  Paul 
applies  this  Scripture  to  the 
church.  All  things  are  now 
ready.  It  only  remains  for 
God's  invitation  to  be  extended 
to  those  who  will  hear. 

Futhermore,  God  calls.  He 
invites,  in  spite  of  our  un- 
worthiness,  for  His  ways  are 
not  the  ways  of  man. 
Fellowship  with  Him  that 
brings  new  life  may  be  ours 
"without  money  and  without 
price."  His  Word  so  states,  and 
we  can  believe  it.  If  money 
were  required,  and  we  had  no 
money,  there  might  be  some 
excuse,  some  reason  for 
hesitating.  But  the  price  of  our 
salvation  has  already  been 
paid,  for  "while  we  were  yet 
sinners,  Christ  died  for  us" 
(Romans  5:8).  The  price  ex- 
pected of  us  is  to  trust  in  God 
and  to  respond  in  faith  to  His  of- 
fer of  love.  The  feast  is  spread. 
All  things  are  ready.  Whatever 
our  needs— morally,  socially, 
spiritually— He  is  waiting  to 
supply.  Why  should  anyone 
hesitate?  Why  not  call  on  Him 
right  now,  while  He  is 
near? — Standard  Lesson  Com- 
mentary 


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EDITORIAL 

(Continued  from  Page  2) 

 Get  to  know  your  minister— it  will  make  his  job  much  easier;  and 

you  will  be  blessed. 

 Also,  if  there  are  young  people  in  your  home,  teach  them,  by  good 

example,  how  to  relate  to  their  minister.  Your  attitude  "will"  become  their 
attitude. 

Lord,  instead  of  having  to  be  an  example,  let  each  of  us  as 
your  servants  be  an  opportunity. 


MINISTERS  AVAILABLE 

On  Sunday,  February  5,  1984, 
aring  the  morning  worship 
irvice  Shiloh  Church  near 
inetown  (Albemarle  Con- 
srence)  licensed  Raymond  L. 
agcher  to  preach  the  gospel, 
e  is  available  for  revivals, 
lpply  work,  and  any  other 
ork  for  the  Lord.  Mr.  Lagcher 
in  be  contacted  by  calling 
119)  927-4439  or  writing  P.O. 
ox  146,  Pinetown,  North 
arolina  27865. 


The  Rev.  Eldon  L.  Brock 
ishes  to  announce  that  he  is 
dw  available  for  full-time  or 
art- time  pastoral  work.  He  is 
member  in  good  standing 
ith  the  Eastern  Conference  of 
riginal  Free  Will  Baptists.  His 
)me  address  is  1315  Holman 
:reet,  Kinston,  North  Carolina 
1501;  phone,  (day)  523-7155, 
light)  527-6985. 


The  Rev.  W.  H.  Willis  an- 
ounces  that  he  is  available  for 
astoring  any  church  that  he 
an  be  of  service.  He  may  be 
ontacted  by  writing  1121  Dunn 
toad,  Kinston,  North  Carolina 
3501;  phone  523-4098. 


ADDRESS  CHANGE 

The  address  for  the  Rev. 
•onald  Coates,  pastor  of  the 
ine  Level  Church,  is  now 
:oute  1,  Box  91-C,  Smithfield, 
forth  Carolina  27577.  His  old 
ddress  was  P.O.  Box  450,  Pine 
evel,  North  Carolina  27568. 
[is  telephone  number  is 
54-2727. 


PIANO 

(Continued  from  Page  9) 

remembered  as  "a  person  who 
loved  music,  had  a  beautiful 
voice  and  who  enjoyed  playing 
the  piano  for  her  family."  A 
local  citizen  described  Mrs. 
Wilson  as  one  who  "never 
ceased  to  do  something  for  her 
neighbors  and  to  make  one  feel 
better  after  visiting  with  her. 
She  was  a  good  neighbor,  a 
wonderful  wife  and  mother." 

President  W.  Burkette  Raper 
of  the  College  recalled  Mrs. 
Wilson  as  a  person  who  was 
always  characterized  "by  a 
warm  and  positive  Christian 
spirit.  She  often  inquired  about 
what  she  could  do  to  help  some 
student." 

Mr.  Wilson  was  a  native  of 
Sampson  County  and  grew  up 
in  the  Saint  Paul  Free  Will  Bap- 
tist Church  community  where 
his  parents,  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Willie 
C.  Wilson,  were  members.  In 
1930,  Clarence  moved  to  Mount 
Olive  where  for  many  years  he 
was  a  partner  in  the  operation 
of  the  automobile  dealership 
for  the  Ford  Motor  Company. 


A  PASTOR'S  PERSONAL 
PRAYER  REQUEST 

About  100  years  ago,  someone 
asked  Charles  Spurgeon  the 
secret  of  his  overwhelming  suc- 
cess as  a  pastor.  Gesturing 
toward  the  prayer  room  of  the 
Metropolitan  Tabernacle,  he 
answered,  "My  people  pray  for 
me." 

Over  and  over  again,  the 
Apostle   Paul   exhorted  his 


readers  to  pray  for  him.  I  would 
like  to  ask  each  of  you  to  pray 
for  your  minister  every  day. 
Would  you  specifically  request 
in  the  prayer  the  following 
things? 

1.  Give  him  a  growing  love 
for  Thyself  and  Thy  Word. 

2.  Bless  his  family  that  it 
might  provide  a  model 
Christian  family  for  all 
who  observe  their  lives. 

3.  Give  him  physical  health 
and  strength,  moral  cour- 
age, and  spiritual  power 
to  faithfully  proclaim 
God's  Word. 

4.  Give  him  wisdom  in  all 
the  decisions  which  need 
to  be  made. 

5.  Bind  the  satanic  forces 
which  attack  and  bind  him. 

6.  Keep  and  protect  him  from 
wicked  and  unreasonable 
persons. 

7.  Glorify  Thyself  in  every- 
thing he  thinks,  does,  and 
says. 

8.  Anoint  him  with  the  power 
of  the  Holy  Spirit  to  teach, 
lead,  and  oversee  the 
ministry  of  the  church. 

9.  Give  him  a  genuine  love 
for  people. 

10.  Touch  and  fill  his  wife 
with  Thy  spirit  as  she 
ministers  with  him. 

11.  Give  wisdom  and  power  to 
the  officers  and  staff  mem- 
bers as  they  assist  in  the 
ministry  to  which  God  has 
called  them. 

12.  Keep  him  from  discourage- 
ment. 


There's 
a  place  for 
YOU 
in 

God's  work! 


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CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   4 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   8 

Mount  Olive  College   8 

Foreign  Missions  11 

Home  Missions  12 

Children's  Home  14 

Sunday  School  Lesson  15 

Family  Devotions  16 

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Volume  99  Number  8 


February  22,  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
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cluding sales  tax  for  North  Carolina  residents]; 
residents  of  other  states,  $8.50,  $15.50  and  $30  respec- 
tively (plus  sales  tax  where  it  applies). 

Every- Family  Plan:  A  25  percent  discount  given 
when  local  churches  send  the  "Baptist"  to  the  home 
of  every  member;  names  and  addresses  to  be  pro- 
vided by  churches  Churches  are  billed  quarterly 

Bundle  Plan:  Lots  of  25  or  more  "Baptists"  are 
sent  to  one  individual  who  in  turn  distributes  these.  A 
50  percent  discount  is  offered  under  this  plan. 

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Board  of  Directors 

Dewey  Boling,  President;  C.  Felton  Godwin,  Vice 
President;  Ruth  Taylor,  Secretary;  Adrian  Grubbs, 
Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards. 
Marice  DeBruhl;  James  Billy  Hardee;  De  Wayne 
Eakes;  David  W.  Hansley.  Chairman  Emeritus. 

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Gray,  Executive  Director;  Bobby  Pennington. 
Financial  Director:  Janie  Jones  Sowers,  Editor  of 
Literature. 

2 


From  the  Editor 


i 


Mirrors,  Alligators,  and  Survival 

I  have  never  been  fond  of  mirrors— they  do  not  alter  my 
appearance  at  all.  Mirrors  fail  to  hide  bulges,  wrinkles,, 
whatever  "defects"  might  be  present;  everything  about  me  isi 
reflected  so  that  I  can  see  myself  as  I  really  am.  Granted,  my1 
perception  of  that  appearance  can  be  tempered— but  reality 
does  not  change  just  because  I  may  not  be  willing  to  accept) 
what  might  be.  But  mirrors  do  reveal  a  great  deal  about  ouri 
physical  appearance,  and  like  them  or  not,  their  use  proves  tJ 
be  beneficial  both  to  us  and  those  who  must  be  around  us. 

I  have  accepted  the  fact  that  I  should  care  for  my  physical, 
existence;  but  more  importantly,  my  spiritual  being  must  be( 
"groomed."  Now  the  flaws  present  in  my  physical  makeup! 
are  not  as  obvious  at  times  as  those  that  exist  in  my  spiritual' 
nature— and  it  is  these  flaws  that  people  like  to  point  out.  II 
guess  we  all  feel  better  when  we  can  point  our  fingers  at1: 
others.  This  helps  us  feel  more  superior— and  it  keeps  others 
from  looking  at  us  as  closely.  This  was  not  written  for  that  pur- 
pose. 

A  young  minister  in  Georgia  once  declared:  "It's  one 
thing  to  sit  in  your  living  room  and  look  at  pictures  of 
alligators  in  National  Geographic.  It's  another  thing  to  bet 
waist  deep  in  swamp  water  in  Florida."  To  this  I'd  like  to  add! 
that  it  is  also  a  more  exciting  adventure  when  you  are  in  that 
swamp  water,  alligators  have  been  spotted,  and  you  feel, 
something  nipping  at  your  legs.  We  have  "looked"  long 
enough;  maybe  we  have  looked  and  said  that  something 
needed  to  be  done  but  felt  that  someone  else  would  do  it; 
whatever  the  situation,  we  are  in  the  swamp  water  and! 
something  is  nipping  at  our  very  existence.  Why  do  I  say  this?i 
you  ask.  Well,  I  have  looked  at  the  only  mirror  our  denomina- 
tion presently  has  and  the  image  reflected  for  my  examination 
is  frightening. 

Following  you  will  find  a  table  comparing  membership; 
figures  for  organizations  in  the  North  Carolina  State  Conven- 
tion of  Original  Free  Will  Baptists  for  1979  and  1983.  (Figures 
from  those  churches  reporting  were  compiled  from  the  1980 
and  1984  editions  of  the  Yearbook  for  Original  Free  Will  Bap- 
tists of  North  Carolina,  so  they  reflect  totals  for  July  1, 
1978— June  30,  1979,  from  the  1980  edition;  and  July  1, 
1982— June  30, 1983,  from  the  1984  edition.)  Figures  comparing 
1982  and  1983  are  also  given. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTJl 


ME 

.MBERSHII 

> 

Conference 

Church 

Sunday  School 

League 

YFA 

AFC 

WA 

LL 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

1979 

1983 

lbemarle 

2117 

1909 

1142 

832 

108 

52 

86 

59 

50 

40 

225 

149 

39 

22 

ape  Fear 

4687 

4328 

3255 

2578 

22 

46 

241 

235 

203 

145 

550 

557 

56 

111 

entral 

7863 

7421 

5018 

4299 

243 

135 

260 

221 

254 

252 

1005 

948 

304 

410 

astern 

10658 

9753 

6915 

6170 

265 

196 

403 

446 

366 

278 

1414 

1241 

127 

208 

ee  Dee 

1703 

1736 

1722 

1557 

320 

313 

176 

105 

56 

62 

165 

129 

j  56 

31 

iedmont 

1102 

1281 

980 

948 

60  None 

86 

51 

24 

44 

170 

158 

23 

38 

Western 

8626 

8668 

5951 

5633 

90  None 

490 

455 

306 

303 

1119 

1094 

187 

247 

otal 

36756 

35096 

24983 

22017 

1108 

742 

1742 

1572 

1259 

1124 

4648 

4276 

792 

1067 

et  Gain  or  Loss 

-1660 

-2966 

-366 

-170 

-135 

-372 

+  275 

ain  or  Loss  Since  1982 

-640 

-406 

-18 

+  116 

-97 

-142 

+  151 

Now  to  be  quite  frank  with  you,  these  figures 
ave  to  be  quite  alarming  to  me.  Why  does  this 
ve  to  be?  Consideration  of  these  totals  has 
ised  many  questions— questions  I  feel  must  be 
swered: 

Where  are  we  as  Original  Free  Will  Bap- 
tists heading?  Does  anyone  have  any  plans? 
Has  anyone  drafted  any  goals?  How  can  we 
accomplish  anything  without  organization? 
How  can  we  know  where  we  are  going  if  we 
do  not  really  know  our  present  situation? 
Yes,  it  is  nice  to  know  our  history— we  learn 
from  it— but  isn't  it  time  we  stop  dwelling  in 
the  past?  Isn't  it  time  we  look  at  the  present 
and  toward  the  future  (if  we  are  going  to  have 
one!)? 

Why  aren't  our  churches  and  Sunday 
schools  growing?  Examine  the  chart 
below— these  figures  (from  last  year)  are 
rather  startling. 


inference 

Churches 
in  Con. 

Number 

with 
Church 
growth 

Sunday 
school 
growth 

dbemarle 

16 

5 

1 

pape  Fear 

30 

13 

15 

Central 

43 

21 

18 

Eastern 

83 

24 

24 

Pee  Dee 

16 

9 

8 

Piedmont 

26 

9 

8 

Vestern 

52 

20 

14  1 

totals 

266 

101 

88 

Yes,  I  understand  that  churches  and 
unday  schools  clean  their  rolls  periodically. 
|3ut  I  also  know  that  decreases  have  been 
continuous  since  1979,  the  first  year  I  totaled 
:hese  figures;  I  also  know  that  membership 
'oils  do  not  reflect  actual  participation— it 
orobably  runs  66-75%  of  those  totals  at  best, 
jjust  think:  if  every  Christian  won  just  one 
soul  to  Christ  a  year,  we  could  double  in  one 
gear's  time.  (Consideration  has  to  be  taken 
for  yearly  losses  due  to  death  and  transfer.) 

What  do  we  hope  to  accomplish  as  a 
denomination  with  our  boards,  committees, 
and  conventions  "doing  their  own  things"? 


Do  we  really  have  a  denomination,  or  are  we  a 
church  with  various  centers  of  interest?  Serv- 
ing self  will  not  work.  We  must  work  together 
and  toward  some  common  goal. 

How  can  we  expect  denominational 
enterprises  to  accomplish  the  purposes  for 
which  they  were  established  when  the  direc- 
tors of  those  enterprises  must  concentrate 
about  90%  of  their  energies  on  raising 
funds?  Are  they  not  hired  to  administer  pro- 
grams? 

Just  what  can  be  accomplished  in  a 
fifteen-minute  Sunday  school  class?  Why  are 
we  not  concerned  about  the  quality  of 
teaching  our  children  receive  in  Sunday 
school?  We  must  not  believe  religious  train- 
ing is  important;  for  if  we  did,  we  would  seek 
to  improve  our  Sunday  schools.  Teachers 
who  prepare  "Saturday  night  specials"  (Sun- 
day morning  lessons)  would  have  to  become 
more  committed  or  they  would  be  replaced. 
We  would  see  to  it  that  our  children  read 
their  lessons  and  studied  their  Bibles— and 
we  would  study,  too.  You  know,  our  children 
have  learned  that  church  is  not  important. 
They  have  learned  this  from  us— they  watch 
and  listen. 

Do  we  have  a  chance  to  survive? 
Records  seem  to  indicate  that  the  majority  of 
our  membership  is  over  50  years  old.  Now,  I 
have  no  problem  with  age— but  where  are  our 
young  people?  Without  them  we  do  not  have 
a  future?  Don't  we  care? 

Where  is  our  concern  for  souls? 

Brothers  and  sisters,  I  am  concerned.  I 
understand  that  sounding  alarms  is  not  a  good 
way  to  win  friends  and  influence  people— but  it  is 
time  that  we  do  something.  Talk  is  easy— it  is 
cheap.  Much  more  is  required. 

It  is  appropriate,  productive,  and  good  that 
we  periodically  engage  ourselves  in  an  appraisal 
of  our  roles,  ministry,  internal  dynamics, 
outreach  and  life  as  a  church.  The  time  is  now. 
We  cannot  wait.  Will  we? 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


THE  EDUCATION  OF  THE  MINISTRY 
IN  THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  CHURCI 

by  Dr.  Michael  R.  Pelt,  Professor  of  Religion,  Mount  Olive  College 


Dr.  Michael  R.  Pelt 

In  the  churches  today  it  is 
widely  accepted  that  ministers 
should  be  persons  of  good 
moral  character,  possessing 
native  gifts  which  make  them 
suitable  for  the  pastoral  office, 
equipped  with  a  liberal  arts 
education,  and  schooled  in  the 
theological  disciplines. 

In  the  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church,  we  have  emphasized 
the  necessity  of  a  calling  to  the 
ministry  and  have  generally  in- 
sisted that  candidates  should 
possess  good  moral  character. 
As  to  the  educational  qualifica- 
tions, our  expectations  are  not 
as  clear.  Generally  the  leader- 
ship of  the  denomination  has 
made  repeated  calls  for  higher 
educational  standards  for 
ministers,  and  many  laymen, 
especially  those  who  value 
education  for  themselves,  see 
the  importance  of  having 
ministers  who  are  well- 
equipped  for  the  work  they  are 
called  to  do. 

Yet  this  attitude  is  not  shared 
by  all  Free  Will  Baptists.  There 


seems  to  be  a  feeling  of  am- 
bivalence toward  education  for 
the  ministry  among  some  of  our 
brethren.  This  feeling  is,  I 
suspect,  an  unexamined  feel- 
ing, one  that  cannot  easily  be 
explained.  But  I  believe  it 
needs  to  have  some  light  shed 
upon  it  because  our  attitude 
toward  this  matter  of  the  right 
kind  of  education  for  those  who 
will  provide  leadership  for  our 
churches  and  for  the  denomina- 
tion as  a  whole  is  of  great  con- 
sequence for  the  future  of  the 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church. 

Ministerial  Education 
in  the  Past 

First  of  all,  let  us  look  briefly 
at  ministerial  education  in  our 
denomination  in  the  past. 
Throughout  much  of  our  history 
in  North  Carolina,  Free  Will 
Baptists  felt  no  obligation  to 
provide  education  for  the 
ministry.  Without  a  doubt  there 
were  some  men  who  were  the 
exception  to  this  in  that  they 
provided  through  their 
ministry  of  preaching, 
teaching,  and  personal  exam- 
ple a  witness  to  the  value  of 
learning  at  a  time  when  most  of 
their  church  members  pos- 
sessed only  the  rudiments  of  an 
education  simply  because  the 
opportunities  for  formal  educa- 
tion were  so  limited  in  this  area 
of  the  country. 

The  fact  that  some  ministers 
were  literate,  men  like  Jesse 
Heath  and  Rufus  K.  Hearn,  is  a 
tribute  to  their  desire  to  obtain 
at  least  the  skills  of  reading  and 
writing.  In  this  way  they  could 
continue  to  learn  throughout 
life  and  communicate  their 
knowledge  and  understanding 
to  others.  Free  Will  Baptists 


owe  a  great  debt  to  men  lil 
these  without  whom  we  wou 
know  very  little  about  our  pa 
and  might  not  have  a  d 
nominational  identity  today. 

The  fact  that  these  men  we: 
exceptional  means  that  thei, 
were  many  others  who  did  n 
have  even  the  most  basic  skil 
to  enable  them  to  read  and  i 
terpret  the  Bible  and  oth« 
Christian  literature.  Thus  son 
of  them  were  easily  led  astra 
by  the  most  persuasive  voic< 
that  appeared  among  them,  < 
they  were  intimidated  by  ai| 
minister  who  seemed  to  posse; 
gifts  of  knowledge  which  the 
did  not  have.  For  these  ar 
other  reasons  many  Free  Wi 
Baptist  ministers  and  laymt 
developed  a  distrust  of  leari 
ing.  They  were  content  to  folio 
the  leadership  of  those  who:! 
they  felt  they  could  trust  or  wl1 
provided  a  model  for  them. 

In  the  last  century,  whl 
other  denominations  in  th 
state  were  establishing 
academies,  institutes,  and  cc 
leges  to  provide  education  fd 
their  young  people,  am 
especially  for  ministeria 
recruits,  Free  Will  Baptist) 
continued  to  organize  churchq 
and  ordain  men  to  the  ministry 
but  they  were  not  buildirl 
schools,  nor  were  they  ei 
couraging  their  youth  to  obtai 
the  best  possible  education.  t\ 
my  opinion  this  was  an  error  il 
judgment. 

Ayden  Seminary 
A  change  in  that  trend  bega 
to  occur  toward  the  end  of  tt 
nineteenth  century  when 
group  of  Free  Will  Baptists  pn 
posed  to  establish  a  seminar? 
The  result  was  the  building  < 


4 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


tyden  Seminary,  which  opened 
3  1898  and  to  which  was  added 
theological  department. 

Through  the  pages  of  The 
ree  Will  Baptist  and  through 
leir  visits  to  churches,  the 
iculty  and  supporters  of  this 
phool  strove  mightily  to  con- 
ince  Free  Will  Baptists 
iverywhere  that  Christian 
rtucation  is  a  worthy  cause  and 
iinisters  especially  should 
vail  themselves  of  this  oppor- 
inity  to  prepare  for  the  work 
>  which  they  have  been  called, 
ne  has  only  to  consider  the 
Mitributions  of  men  like  S.  H. 
tyron,  M.  C.  Prescott,  Robert 
.  Pittman,  W.  B.  Everett, 
.  C.  Morris,  J.  W.  Alford,  J.  C. 
Tiffin,  James  Evans,  Lloyd 
ernon,  J.  C.  Moye,  Clifton 
ice,  and  numerous  others  who 
tended  Ayden  Seminary  or 
ureka  College  to  realize  how 
tal  were  these  institutions  to 
e  future  development  of  the 
ree  Will  Baptist  denomination 

North  Carolina. 

For  a  generation  after 
lureka  College  closed  its 
oors,  Free  Will  Baptist 
iinisters  had  to  go  outside  the 
enomination  or  outside  North 
arolina  to  pursue  their  educa- 
onal  goals.  On  the  surface 
iere  would  seem  to  be  nothing 
rong  with  that.  But  the  results 
f  not  having  an  educational 
jenter  during  those  years  left 
|orth  Carolina  Free  Will  Bap- 
|Sts  without  the  unity  and 
sprit  de  corps  necessary  to 
uild  a  strong  and  progressive 
rogram  within  the  state. 

i  The  fact  that  the  loyalty  of 
pme  Free  Will  Baptists  was 
jirected  almost  exclusively 
pward  Nashville  and  the  pro- 
rams  of  the  National  Associa- 
ion  made  the  situation  here  all 
fie  more  difficult.  Despite  the 
ict  that  the  North  Carolina 
tate  Convention  withdrew 
ram  the  National  Association 
nd  began  to  chart  its  own 
ourse  in  1961,  we  still  suffer 


from  some  of  the  wounds  in- 
flicted during  that  crisis.  Our 
efforts  to  provide  a  sound  pro- 
gram of  Christian  higher 
education  have  at  times  been 
hampered  by  a  few  who  still 
espouse  the  view  that  Christian 
education  is  essentially  indoc- 
trination rather  than  the  total 
development  of  persons  in  the 
light  of  the  gospel  of  Jesus 
Christ. 


The  Problem  of  Slothfulness 

One  of  the  purposes  of  Mount 
Olive  College  since  its  begin- 
ning has  been  to  provide  two 
years  of  study  for  those  prepar- 
ing for  the  ministry.  We  have 
always  encouraged  ministerial 
students  to  get  a  good  founda- 
tion in  the  liberal  arts,  believ- 
ing that  ministers  should  not 
lack  the  basic  knowledge  and 
skills  that  are  needed  by  all 
persons  who  aspire  to  serve  in  a 
leadership  role.  If  anything,  the 
minister  should  have  an  even 
better  general  education  than 
most  members  of  the  congrega- 
tion he  expects  to  serve.  Only 
then  can  he  hope  to  encourage 
them  to  grow  as  persons  as  well 
as  in  the  graces  of  the  Christian 
life.  But  in  all  honesty  we  have 
known  some  who  wanted  to  be 
ministers  but  who  did  not  want 
to  take  the  time  and  effort  re- 
quired to  obtain  even  two  years 
of  study  in  college. 

Considering  the  importance 
of  the  ministerial  calling  and 
the  opportunities  for  attending 
college  today,  that  attitude  is 
difficult  to  comprehend.  It 
arises  either  out  of  sloth  (one  of 
the  seven  deadly  sins  in  the 
Middle  Ages )  or  the  feeling  that 
the  world  will  not  last  until  one 
can  prepare  himself  for  the 
task  of  taking  the  gospel  to 
benighted  souls. 

I  suspect  that  the  problem  of 
slothfulness  is  a  more  serious 
hindrance  to  those  who  aspire 
to  be  ministers  but  do  not  want 
to   accept   the   discipline  of 


preparation  that  goes  with  it.  A 
college  degree  represents 
years  of  hard  work.  It  requires 
dedication  to  a  goal  and  a  will- 
ingness to  put  aside  those  ac- 
tivities which  may  be  all  right 
in  themselves  but  which  stand 
in  the  way  of  achieving  a  larger 
purpose. 

Going  to  college  also  means 
exposing  ourselves  to  great 
ideas  and  engaging  in  a  quest 
for  knowledge  and  truth.  There 
are  risks  involved  as  we  are 
forced  to  examine  our  views  in 
the  light  of  some  larger  truth 
that  we  had  not  previously 
known.  Sometimes  it  can  be  a 
painful  experience,  as  when  we 
have  to  give  up  some  cherished 
notion  that  we  thought  was 
woven  into  the  very  fabric  of 
life;  but  always  there  are 
greater  rewards,  both  intellec- 
tual and  spiritual,  awaiting  us 
as  we  continue  to  discover  new 
insights  and  explore  new  vistas 
of  understanding.  The  excite- 
ment of  learning  and  growing, 
which  ought  to  begin  in  college, 
can  be  a  life-long  experience 
for  the  minister  of  Jesus  Christ. 

How  tragic  it  is  that  some 
want  to  take  up  this  calling  and 
bring  to  it  a  "know  it  all"  at- 
titude. It  is  amazing  how  quick- 
ly a  young  man  begins  to  think 
of  himself  as  a  divine  oracle 
whose  pronouncements  and 
judgments  are  not  to  be  ques- 
tioned. He  gets  terribly  upset  if 
members  of  his  congregation 
raise  any  objection  to  his  public 
statements  or  if  they  fail  to  re- 
spond to  every  proposal  he 
makes.  He  is  more  likely  to  act 
that  way  if  he  feels  insecure 
about  his  own  worth  and  about 
his  authority  as  a  minister. 
This  insecurity  derives  in  part 
from  the  lack  of  preparation  he 
brings  to  his  task. 

(Continued  Next  Week) 


CHANGE  OF  ADDRESS 

The  Rev.  Philip  Wood  an- 
nounces that  he  now  has  a 
change  of  address.  It  is  P.O. 
Box  226,  Cove  City,  North 
Carolina  28523. 


"HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


5 


BONHOEFFER: 
THE  MAN  AND  HIS  THEOLOGY 

by  Calvin  Mercer 

(A  93- minute  film  on  Dietrich  Bonhoeffer  will  be  shown 
at  7 : 30  p.m.,  March  2,  in  the  Mount  Olive  College  Auditorium. 
The  film  is  sponsored  by  the  College  Department  of  Religion 
and  admission  is  free.) 


"When  Christ  calls  a  man,  he  bids  him 
come  and  die."  That  line,  written  by  Dietrich 
Bonhoeffer,  sums  up  an  important  part  of  his 
theology.  It  also  proved  to  be  quite  prophetic. 
On  April  9,  1945,  Bonhoeffer  was  taken  from  his 
prison  cell  and  hanged  by  Hitler's  officials  for 
his  participation  in  the  resistance  movement 
against  Nazism. 

Through  his  books  on  the  church, 
discipleship,  and  ethics,  and  through  his  letters 
and  papers  smuggled  from  prison,  Bonhoeffer 
became  known  to  the  wider  Christian  world. 
His  disciplined  theological  mind  and  humane 
spirit  combined  with  the  mystique  surrounding 
his  life  have  made  him  an  influential  thinker  in 
contemporary  Protestant  theology. 

Born  February  4,  1906,  in  Breslau,  Ger- 
many, he  was  the  son  of  a  noted  professor  of 
psychiatry.  Having  decided  to  enter  the 
pastorate  by  age  16,  he  set  out  to  prepare 
himself  for  the  task  of  Christian  ministry.  He 
attended  universities  at  Tubingen  and  Berlin 
where  he  studied  under  important  biblical 
scholars  and  theologians.  Friends  from  his  stu- 
dent days  remember  him  as  one  who  willingly 
learned  from  his  teachers.  At  the  same  time  he 
exhibited  the  independence  of  mind  to  engage 
them  in  theological  debate  and  to  arrive  at  his 
own  judgments.  Although  he  never  studied  with 
Karl  Barth,  Bonhoeffer  was  influenced  by 
Barth's  neo-orthodox  theology  and  as  a  result 
became  increasingly  critical  of  the  liberalism 
prevailing  in  Germany  in  the  early  part  of  this 
century.  Barth  himself  later  left  Germany 
because  he,  as  a  university  professor,  would 
not  sign  an  oath  of  personal  loyalty  to  Hitler. 

Following  his  formal  education  in  Ger- 
many, Bonhoeffer  became  assistant  minister  to 
a  German-speaking  congregation  in  Spain.  The 
church  doubled  in  size  as  he  threw  himself  into 
youth  work,  pastoral  visitation,  and  occasional 
preaching  responsibilities. 

Before  settling  down  in  a  teaching  position 
offered  to  him  in  Berlin,  the  young  theologian 


studied  for  a  year  at  Union  Theological 
Seminary  in  New  York  City.  He  was  unim- 
pressed with  American  theology,  which  he  sa^l 
as  lacking  depth;  but  he  did  come  to  apprecial 
the  social  concern  of  many  theology  students 
Union.  He  saw  first-hand  the  plight  of  black 
people  in  America  and  came  to  believe  that 
Christianity  must  come  into  contact  with  dailji 
life  at  every  point.  These  American  ex- 
periences prepared  him  well  for  his  later  strui 
gle  on  behalf  of  German  Jews  and  others  op-  i 
pressed  by  Hitler. 

Back  in  Germany,  Bonhoeffer  sided  with 
the  Confessing  Church  (which  generally  op-  j 
posed  Hitler)  and  became  an  early  and  vocal  i 
critic  of  Nazism.  A  radio  address  he  was  givirJ 
two  days  after  Hitler  became  chancellor  (19331 
was  cut  off  the  air  before  completion  because  J 
of  its  criticism  of  the  desire  for  a  leader  that  i 
was  developing  in  Germany.  In  this  same  yeai: 
he  became  discouraged  at  the  way  many  Ger-i 
man  Christians  supported  Hitler.  As  a  result  h 
took  a  leave  of  absence  from  his  teaching  post* 
at  the  University  of  Berlin  in  order  to  pastor 
two  small  German-speaking  congregations  in 
London. 

The  London  period  was  a  time  when  he  ex 
panded  and  deepened  his  friendships  with 
Christian  leaders  outside  Germany.  Many  of 
these  friends  were  made  through  the 
ecumenical  movement  and  Bonhoeffer  served 
for  some  years  as  youth  secretary  for  the 
World  Alliance  for  Promoting  International 
Friendship  through  the  Churches.  The  friends 
and  contacts  made  through  his  ecumenical 
work  were  a  valuable  asset  later  as  those  Ger- 
man Christians  opposing  Hitler  sought  support 
and  encouragement  from  Christians  outside 
Germany. 

Upon  returning  home  in  1935,  he  became 
director  of  a  seminary  at  Finkenwalde  in  what 
is  now  Poland.  (His  teaching  post  at  the  univer 
sity  was  eventually  withdrawn  because  of  his 
opposition  to  Hitler.)  The  seminary,  establishe' 


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the  Confessing  Church,  was  outlawed  by  the 
jjestapo  in  1937.  Bonhoeffer,  however,  con- 
nued  to  train  young  men  in  the  Christian 
iinistry  at  the  "illegal"  seminary  until  1940. 
'he  seminary  was  an  interesting  experiment  in 
geological  education.  The  students  lived 
Hgether  in  an  old  house  where  they  attended 
tctures  by  Bonhoeffer,  read  widely,  wor- 
liped,  sang  the  Psalms  in  unison,  and  visited 
lie  sick  in  nearby  communities.  As  a  member 
I  the  community  each  student  shared  in  the 
\hsks  of  cooking  and  cleaning.  Bonhoeffer  tried 
»:»  achieve  the  "proper  balance  between  work 
sid  worship,  the  academic  and  the  practical, 
Itscipline  and  freedom." 
K   A  vital— and  required— part  of  life  in  the 
brother- house"  was  half  an  hour  of  silent 
ihayer  and  meditation  each  morning  and  eve- 
ning. At  first  many  students  rebelled  against 
lis  rule.  What  were  they  to  do  with  this  hour 
Iph  day?  Could  they  smoke  or  maybe  do  their 
udies  or  even  polish  their  shoes?  No,  said 
ipnhoeffer.  They  were  to  pray  and  meditate, 
mis  devotional  time  became  one  of  the  most 
ijeasured  features  of  the  seminary.  The 
riritual  depth  and  practice  it  fostered  carried 
ijiany  of  the  seminary  graduates  through  the 
3ng  and  difficult  years  ahead. 

Out  of  his  long  interest  in  the  doctrine  of 
ie  church  (he  wrote  his  dissertation  on  the 
aurch)  and  his  experiences  with  the  seminary, 
ipnhoeffer  wrote  Life  Together.  Published  in 
»38,  it  deals  with  the  power  of  life  lived  in 
immunity  and  the  need  for  Christians  to  be 
Elated  to  each  other  in  Christ.  The  community 
I  believers  exhibits  a  genuine  thankfulness 
nd  its  corporate  worship  flows  into  and  out  of 
ilprsonal  worship.  Types  of  ministry  dealt  with 
elude  meekness,  listening,  helpfulness,  bear- 
:g,  and  holding  one's  tongue.  The  ministry  of 
roclaiming  comes  only  when  one  has  learned 
I  minister  at  the  other  levels.  Picking  up  on 
ie  admonition  of  James  (5:16)  to  "confess 
;5ur  sins  one  to  another"  and  of  Jesus  to  be 
iconciled  to  your  brother  (Matthew  5:23,  24), 
onhoeffer  discussed  the  nature  and  impor- 
ince  of  confession,  a  regular  practice  at  the 
brother-house."  Confession  between  brothers 
I  Christ  is  a  way  of  returning  to  community 
id  enriching  the  worship  life  of  the  church. 

Bonhoeffer's  most  famous  book,  The  Cost 
r  Discipleship,  was  published  in  1937.  A  study 
f  the  Sermon  on  the  Mount  and  other  pas- 
jiges,  it  centers  around  the  theme  of  Christian 
iscipleship.  He  draws  a  distinction 
atween  "cheap  grace,"  which  the  church  too 
:ten  preaches,  and  the  "costly  grace"  of 
hrist: 

'  Cheap  grace  is  the  preaching  of  forgiveness  without  re- 
quiring repentance,  baptism  without  church  discipline, 
Communion  without  confession,  absolution  without 


personal  confession.  Cheap  grace  is  grace  without 
discipleship,  grace  without  the  cross,  grace  without 
Jesus  Christ,  living  and  incarnate  .  .  .  Such  grace  is 
costly  because  it  calls  us  to  follow,  and  it  is  grace 
because  it  calls  us  to  follow  Jesus  Christ.  It  is  costly 
because  it  costs  a  man  his  life,  and  it  is  grace  because 
it  gives  a  man  the  only  true  life  .  .  .  Above  all,  it  is  cost- 
ly because  it  cost  God  the  life  of  his  Son  ...  it  is  grace 
because  God  did  not  reckon  his  Son  too  dear  a  price  to 
pay  for  our  life  .... 

As  restrictions  and  persecutions  in  Hitler's 
Germany  became  more  severe,  Bonhoeffer  was 
invited  in  1939  to  America,  away  from  the 
danger.  American  theologian  Reinhold  Niebuhr 
planned  to  find  him  a  teaching  position  in  this 
country.  After  only  a  few  weeks  in  the  United 
States,  however,  he  felt  compelled  to  return  to 
his  homeland  and  share  the  fate  of  his  people. 

As  the  years  wore  on,  he  became  more 
deeply  involved  in  the  resistance  movement  by 
actively  helping  Jews  escape  the  horror,  and 
eventually  sympathizing  with  groups  planning 
to  assassinate  the  Fuehrer.  This  final  step  was 
an  agonizingly  painful  one  for  him  to  take.  He 
had  long  held  pacifist  views  and  only  reluctant- 
ly and  with  the  belief  that  it  was  the  lesser  of 
evils  did  he  become  involved  in  efforts  to  over- 
throw the  Nazi  regime. 

Prohibited  from  speaking  or  publishing, 
Bonhoeffer  several  times  traveled  outside  Ger- 
many to  seek  support  for  the  resistance  move- 
ment among  his  Christian  friends  and  to  com- 
municate the  extent  of  Hitler's  oppression  of 
the  church.  His  contacts  with  G.  K.  A.  Bell, 
Visser't  Hooft,  and  others  in  the  ecumenical 
movement  provided  an  important  link  between 
the  Christians  resisting  Hitler  and  the  church 
outside  Germany. 

He  was  arrested  by  the  Gestapo  in  1943,  for 
his  role  in  the  resistance  movement  and  thus 
began  his  two-year  long  imprisonment.  For  18 
months  he  was  held  in  Tegel  Military  Prison 
near  Berlin.  To  pass  the  long  hours,  he  read 
widely  in  music,  literature,  history,  science, 
philosophy,  and  theology.  His  abiding  faith  to 
God  and  devotion  to  fellow  man  won  him 
friends  among  the  fellow  prisoners  and 
wardens.  A  fellow  prisoner  wrote,  "Bonhoeffer 
was  different;  just  quite  calm  and  normal, 
seemingly  perfectly  at  his  ease  .  .  .  his  soul 
really  shone  in  the  dark  desperation  of  our 
prison."  With  the  help  of  guards,  he  smuggled 
to  friends  outside  various  letters  and  papers. 
Some  of  these  have  been  collected  into  a  book 
and  entitled  Letters  and  Papers  from  Prison. 

These  later  writings  are  puzzling  because 
they  contain  ideas  which  this  promising 
theologian  never  fully  developed.  Phrases  like 
"religionless  Christianity,"  "the  God  who  for- 
sakes us,"  "Jesus  as  the  man  for  others,"  "the 
God  of  the  gaps,"  and  "the  world  come  of  age" 

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News  81  Notes 

Concert  at  Bethany  Church 


Jack  Bircher 

Julia  and  Jack  Bircher  will 
be  in  concert  at  Bethany 
Church,  near  Winterville,  Sun- 
day night,  February  26,  at  7 
p.m.  The  Birchers  presented  a 
very  special  program  of  music 
at  the  last  session  of  the  North 
Carolina  State  Convention  of 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists. 

The  Birchers  will  be  choosing 
selections  from  the  following 
titles  for  their  marimba  and 
piano  concert  of  praise: 
"Blessed  Assurance,"  "What  a 
Friend  We  Have  in  Jesus,"  "In 
the  Garden,"  "Love  Medley," 
"Jesus  Medley,"  "My 
Tribute,"  "Saviour,  Like  a 
Shepherd  Lead  Us,"  "Holy 
Spirit,  Thou  Art  Welcome  in 
This  Place,"  "Jesus  Lord  to 
Me,"  "Joyful,"  "How  Great 
Thou  Art,"  and  "Brethen,  We 
Have  Met  to  Worship." 

A  cordial  invitation  is  ex- 
tended to  the  public  to  hear  this 
talented  couple. 

Sunday  School 
Leadership  Training 

There  will  be  a  Sunday  school 
training  course  taught  by  the 
Rev.  David  C.  Hansley,  pastor 
of  the  First  Free  Will  Baptist 
Mission  of  Wilmington,  at 
Daly's  Chapel  Church,  Seven 
Springs.  The  course  began 
Thursday  night,  February  16, 

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at  7:30  p.m.  and  will  continue 
each  Thursday  as  follows: 
Thursday,  February  23,  March 
1,  and  March  8.  The  course  will 
consist  of  the  following  topics: 
A.  "Teaching  Techniques,"  B. 
"Six  Steps  to  Church  Growth," 
C.  "Caring  Church  Growth," 

Mount  Olive  College 


and  D.  "Organized  for  Churcl 
Growth." 

Mr.  Hansley  is  working  aJ 
seminar  director  for  the  Homd 
Missions  and  Church  GrowttJ 
Department.  Anyone  desiring 
to  participate  is  invited  to  at 
tend. 


COLLEGE  HALL  CHAIRS  REACH  TOTAL  OF  742 

During  the  week  ending  February  13,  sixty-two  (62)  conventiorj 
chairs  were  contributed  to  Mount  Olive  College  for  use  in  College 
Hall.  These  chairs  bring  to  742  the  number  contributed  to  date.  I 

The  College  is  seeking  gifts  of  $50  each  for  a  total  of  800  chairs 
for  use  at  conventions  and  other  church-related  events.  Chairs  maji 
be  given  in  honor  or  in  memory  of  persons  chosen  by  the  donors. 

Forthcoming  events  of  interest  to  Free  Will  Baptists  already 
scheduled  for  College  Hall  include : 

February  28  Pierson  Lecture  by  Nido  Qubein,  President  of  Creative  Ser- 

vices, High  Point,  North  Carolina 

March  9  World  Missions  Rally  sponsored  by  the  Foreign  Mission 

Board,  Harold  Jones,  Director 

March  31  North  Carolina  State  Sunday  School  Convention,  Stanley 

Jenkins,  President 

May  10  North  Carolina  State  Woman's  Auxiliary  Convention, 

Happy  Taylor,  President 
May  11  Mount  Olive  College  Graduation 

May  18-20  North  Carolina  State  Youth  Convention,  Becky  Jo  Sumner, 

Director 

September  11-13         North  Carolina  State  Convention  of  Original  Free  Will  Bap-  i 
tists,  Gary  M.  Bailey,  President 

The  main  floor  of  College  Hall  will  seat  2,000  people  (800  in  con- 
vention chairs  and  1,200  in  the  bleachers).  In  case  of  over-flow  au- 
diences, several  hundred  additional  persons  can  be  accommodated1 
in  the  480-foot  balcony  which  surrounds  the  arena. 

Summary  of  Convention  Chairs  Through  February  13 


Needed 
Gifts  to  Date 
Balance 


800  Chairs  ($50  each) 
742  Chairs 
58  Chairs 

Donors  February  7-13 


Donors 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Joseph  Lancaster,  Goldsboro 
Free  Spirit  Church,  Wilson 
In  Memory  of  Norman  Willis 

By  Arapahoe  Sunday  School  Class  Number  11, 

Arapahoe 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Dell  Willis 

By  Arapahoe  Sunday  School  Class  Number  11, 

Arapahoe 
In  Memory  of  Roland  Humphrey 

By  Arapahoe  Sunday  School  Class  Number  11, 

Arapahoe 
Core  Creek  Church,  Cove  City 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Weldon  Fulcher 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  C.  Davis,  Morehead  City 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Mo  tie  Bell  Cherry 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  C.  Davis,  Morehead  City 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Robert  Fader 

By  British  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Kinston 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  O.  B.  Jones 

By  Holly  Springs  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Newport 


Number 
of  Chairs 
1 
2 
1 


$40,000 
37,100; 
$  2,900 


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n  Honor  of  Mrs.  O.  B.  Jones 

By  Holly  Springs  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Newport 
n  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Willie  Stilley 

By  Sallie  Dawson,  Janet  Brown  and  Cynthia  Wood, 
La  Grange 

n  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Melvin  Everington 

By  Heath  Memorial  Bible  Class  of  White  Oak  Grove, 
La  Grange 

Ir.  and  Mrs.  Willem  van  der  Plas,  Arapahoe 
i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Mary  Aldridge 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Richard  Henderson,  Ellerbee 
n  Memory  of  Mrs.  Cora  Foyles 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Richard  Henderson,  Ellerbee 
h  Memory  of  John  W.  Mallard  and  Dora  Arnold  Mallard 

By  Mrs.  Murray  Wade  Boyette,  Trenton;  and  Mr. 

Jessie  P.  Mallard,  Pollocksville 
It  Memory  of  Robert  and  Odessa  Boyette 

By  Mrs.  Murray  Wade  Boyette  and  Family,  Trenton 
!i  Memory  of  Joseph  A.  Newberry 

By  Union  Chapel  Church,  Plymouth 
.ji  Memory  of  David  E.  Craddock 

By  Union  Chapel  Church,  Plymouth 
iew  Haven  Sunday  School,  Ernul 
li  Memory  of  Claude  S.  Hinnant 

By  Mrs.  Martha  V.  Hinnant,  Pikeville 
/oman's  Auxiliary,  First  Church,  Goldsboro 
k  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Willie  Stilley 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  W.  Williams  Jr.,  Merritt 
f  Memory  of  Harold  House 

By  Mrs.  Blanche  House,  Selma 
I  Memory  of  J.  B.  Jones 

By  Daly's  Chapel  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class, 

Seven  Springs 
i  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  David  W.  Hansley 

By  Daly's  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Seven  Springs 
!i  Memory  of  Mr.  Martin  Still 

By  Mrs.  Martin  Still,  Blakely,  Georgia 
ji  Memory  of  Mrs.  Ella  Barnes 

By  Mount  Zion  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Bayboro 
i  Honor  of  Elizabeth  Simpson 

By  Bridge  ton  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Bridge  ton 
\  Memory  of  Mrs.  Eula  Clayton 

By  Mrs.  Grace  Sawyer  and  Mrs.  Naomi  Jones,  Belhaven 
I  Memory  of  Mr.  T.  E.  Clayton 

By  Mrs.  Grace  Sawyer  and  Mrs.  Naomi  Jones,  Bel- 
!  haven 

k  Honor  of  Jan  Pittman 

!    By  Nancy  Boykin,  Wilson 

k  Honor  of  Shelia  Windham 

!    By  Nancy  Boykin,  Wilson 

ft  Honor  of  Dr.  Pepper  Worthington 

By  Jan  Pittman,  Raleigh;  and  Nancy  Boykin,  Wilson 
i  Memory  of  Frances  S.  Sanderson 

By  Dr.  W.  C.  Sanderson  and  Mr.  Gary  Sanderson, 
)  Goldsboro 

i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Flonnie  S.  Baysden 
By  Mr.  Lee  Baysden,  Chinquapin 
i  Honor  of  Mr.  Lee  Baysden 

By  Mrs.  Flonnie  S.  Baysden,  Chinquapin 
Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ed  Sumner 
By  the  Rev.  S.  A.  Smith,  BeulavUle 
l  Memory  of  the  Rev.  L.  E.  Ballard 

By  Mrs.  Gertrude  Ballard,  Middlesex 
i  Memory  of  Richard  J.  Bryan 

By  Mrs.  Richard  Bryan,  Bridge  ton 
aly's  Chapel  Sunday  School,  Seven  Springs 
aly's  Chapel  Church,  Seven  Springs 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  C.  H.  Overman 

By  Sound  Side  Adult  League,  Columbia 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Rachel  A.  Foreman 
By  Gene  Foreman,  Judy  Hutton,  Linda  Leggett,  and  Naomi 
Tankard 

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Endowment  of  the  Week 

ABNER  H.  AND 
MARY  RACHAEL  B. 
MILLER  ENDOWMENT 


Abner  Hilloman  Miller 
(July  2,  1911,— December  26,  1983) 

The  Miller  Endowment  at 
Mount  Olive  College  was 
established  in  memory  of 
Abner  H.  Miller  and  in  honor  of 
his  wife,  Mary  Rachael  Barnes 
Miller  of  the  Rock  Ridge  com- 
munity in  Wilson  County,  North 
Carolina. 

Abner  Miller  was  a  native  of 
Ahoskie,  where  for  a  number  of 
years  he  was  associated  with 
Ahoskie  Motor  Company. 
Following  four  years  of 
military  service  during  World 
War  II,  he  married  Mary 
Rachael  Barnes  of  Rock  Ridge 
in  1944  and  in  1946  they  moved 
to  Rock  Ridge  where  he  re- 
mained until  his  death, 
December  26,  1983. 

Miller  was  a  prominent 
farmer  and  merchant  and  an 
active  member  of  Marsh 
Swamp  Church  where  he  was  a 
member  of  the  Board  of 
Deacons  for  sixteen  years  and 
chairman  of  the  Board  of 
Ushers  for  thirty  years.  Mrs. 
Miller  is  organist  of  the  church, 
a  position  she  has  held  for  the 
past  fourteen  years. 

Miller  was  also  active  in  com- 
munity and  civic  affairs,  in- 
cluding fifteen  years  on  the 

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Board  of  Selective  Service  of 
Wilson  County,  a  member  of 
the  American  Legion,  a 
volunteer  fireman  and  a 
member  of  the  Board  of  Direc- 
tors of  the  Rock  Ridge  Fire 
Department,  and  eight  years  of 
service  on  the  Board  of 
Trustees  of  Wilson  Memorial 
Hospital. 

In  addition  to  his  wife,  sur- 
vivors include  Rachael 
Elizabeth  M.  Neller  of  Atlanta, 
Georgia;  and  James  Abner 
Miller  of  Wilson  County,  two 
grandchildren;  and  a  brother, 
William  J.  Miller  of  Ahoskie. 

The  Miller  Endowment  is 
composed  of  memorial  gifts  to 
Mount  Olive  College.  Thus  far 
contributions  have  been  re- 
ceived from  nearly  one  hun- 
dred individuals,  families, 
business  firms,  civic  and 
church  groups.  These  funds, 
along  with  future  contributions, 
will  be  invested  and  each  year 
the  earnings  will  be  used  as  a 
memorial  to  Mr.  Miller  for  the 
benefit  of  the  Music  Depart- 
ment of  the  College. 

MOC  BOARD  OF  TRUSTEES 
TO  MEET 

The  next  regular  meeting  of 
the  Mount  Olive  College  Board 
of  Trustees  is  scheduled  for 
Tuesday,  February  28,  at  9:30 
a.m.  in  College  Hall. 

A  major  item  of  business  will 
be  a  report  from  Dr.  Henry  L. 
Ashmore  of  Atlanta  relative  to 
the  requirements  and  pro- 
cedures for  the  development  of 
Mount  Olive  into  a  four-year 
college.  Dr.  Ashmore  is 
Associate  Director  of  the  Com- 
mission on  Colleges  of  the 
Southern  Association  of  Col- 
leges and  Schools. 

MERCER  TO  SPEAK 

Dr.  Calvin  Mercer,  professor 
of  Religion  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege, will  be  guest  speaker  at 
the  Cape  Fear  Ministers' 
Sweetheart  Banquet  which  will 
be  held  on  Friday,  February  24. 
The  banquet  begins  at  7  p.m. 
and  will  be  held  at  Holt  Lake 
Restaurant  near  Smithfield. 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 
presents 

THE  PIERSON  LECTURE 

Tuesday,  February  38,  1984-7:30  p.m. 
COLLEGE  HALL 

On  the  main  campus,  Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina 


NIDO  QUBEIN 

Our  Challenge  in  the  80's 

Lecturer,  Author,  Businessman, 
Radio  Personality  and  Distinguished  j 
Alumnus  of  Mount  Olive  College 

PUBLIC  IS  INVITED 

No  Admission  Charge 


Nido  Qubein  is  living  proof  that  America  is  still  the  land  of  op 
portunity.  He  came  to  the  United  States  in  1966,  mastered  thl 
English  language,  graduated  from  Mount  Olive  College  and  wen 
on  to  complete  graduate  studies  in  Human  Relations  and  Busines 
Administration.  Qubein  is  one  of  the  nation's  most  sought  after  pre 
fessional  speakers.  He  is  President  of  Creative  Services,  Inc.,  an< 
Nido  Qubein  and  Associates.  He  has  written  and  edited  over  2 
leadership  books ,  his  latest  being  Communicate  Like  a  Pro.  Fron 
High  Point,  North  Carolina,  Qubein  syndicates  a  daily  radio  pre 
gram  heard  around  the  nation. 

Qubein  is  a  native  of  Jerusalem  and  he  launched  his  publi 
speaking  career  while  a  student  at  Mount  Olive  College.  He  helper 
to  finance  his  education  through  a  slide  presentation  on  the  Hoi; 
Land  which  he  presented  in  various  Free  Will  Baptist  churches  ant, 
to  other  groups. 

The  Pierson  Lecture  Series  is  the  highlight  of  Mount  Olive  Col 
lege's  Cultural  Arts  and  Lecture  Series.  The  Lecture  was  estab 
lished  in  1965  by  Dr.  Mary  Bynum  Borgognoni  in  memory  of  he: 
late  husband,  Dr.  William  Whatley  Pierson.  Dr.  Pierson  was  a  long 
time  Dean  of  the  University  of  North  Carolina  (Chapel  Hill).  H 
was  one  of  North  Carolina's  finest  educators,  scholars,  and  ad 
ministrators.  The  Pierson  Lecture  Series  is  a  fitting  memorial  to  j 
man  who  worked  tirelessly  to  promote  quality  and  excellence  to 
Southern  higher  education. 


10 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


WORLD  MISSIONS 
CONFERENCE  AND  RALLY 

AT  J,  ROADS  IN  AND  OUT  OF  NORTH  CAROLINA  LEAD  TO  MOUNT  OLIVE 
COLLEGE,  MARCH  9, 1984,  FOR  THE  WORLD  MISSIONS  CONFERENCE  AND 
RALLY  SPONSORED  BY  THE  BOARD  OF  FOREIGN  MISSIONS. 


MOUNT  OLIVE 
COLLEGE 


From  everywhere  people  are  getting  excited  and  making  plans  to  attend. 


pONFERENCE  FEATURES 
daytime  Sessions— Downtown  Campus 

9:00—  9:30   Prayer  for  Conference  and  Rally 
(for  early  arrivers) 
Coffee  and  Donuts 
"Will  Those  Who've  Never  Heard 
the  Gospel  Go  To  Hell?"  (Dr.  Wil- 
liam Bennett) 

Question  and  Answer  Session 
Lunch  Break,  Cafeteria  open 
"World  Missions,  the  Pastor  and 
the  Local  Church"  (Dr.  William 
Bennett) 
Break 

Film,  "First  Fruits" 
Banquet  open  to  everyone.  If  you 
plan  to  attend,  let  us  know  by 
March  1,  1984. 
All  who  attend  the  seminars  will  receive  a 
pmplimentary  copy  of  Missionary  Education 
Helps  for  the  Local  Church.  


9:30-  9:55 
.0:00-11:30 


1:30-11:45 
1:45-  1:00 
1:00-  2:30 


2:30-  2:45 
2:45-  4:00 
5:30-  7:00 


RALLY  FEATURES 
College  Hall- 7: 30  P.M. 

Message— Dr.  William  Bennett 

Testimony— Phil  Shepard,  vice  president,  State 
Youth  Convention;  applicant  for  summer 
missionary  service  in  the  Philippines 

Commissioning— van  der  Plas  Family  for  Philip- 
pines 

Special  Music— "Damascus  Way,"  Trinity  Free 
Will  Baptist  Church,  Clayton,  North  Caro- 
lina 

JoAnn  Pennington,  Guyla  Evans,  and  Alice 
Hines,  three  members  of  the  "Original  Hines 
Cousins"  of  Winterville 

Special  Tribute  to  the  late  Rev.  C.  F.  Bowen. 

Let's  Fill  College  Hall  for 
this  great  service! 


There  will  not  be  a  registration  fee  for  the  Conference.  An  offering  will  be  received  during  the 
Rally  to  cover  the  expenses  for  the  Conference  and  help  pay  for  the  van  der  Plas  Family's 
trip  to  the  Philippines.  Remember  this  as  you  give. 


EVERYONE  IS  INVITED  TO  ATTEND! 
TfflS  CONFERENCE  AND  RALLY  ARE  A  MUST  FOR  EVERY 
FREE  WILL  BAPTIST.  COME,  AND  BRING  A 
LARGE  NUMBER  FROM  YOUR  CHURCH. 



CHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


11 


Home  Missions 


MEMBERS  OF  WILMINGTON 
MISSION  EXCITED  ABOUT 
NEW  BEGINNING 

by  Violet  K.  Yarborough 

In  the  beginning,  God— and 
so  is  our  new  beginning,  God. 
Because  truly  God  has  be- 
stowed upon  us  so  many  of  His 
richest  blessings!  Just  when  we 
were  at  the  point  of  closing  the 
doors  of  the  Wilmington  Church 
after  having  seemingly  lost 
the  battles— God,  yes  God- 
reached  down  His  loving 
hands  — and  miracle  upon 
miracle  have  been  unveiled 
before  our  eyes!  With  God  be- 
ing at  the  head  of  any  endeavor, 
surely  miracles  are  bound  to  be 
performed. 

We  of  the  Original  Free  Will 
Baptist  denomination  are 
directed  by  groups  of  dedicated 
and  consecrated  Christian 
leaders,  ministers,  and 
laymen— namely,  the  Eastern 
Conference  Missions  and  the 
Home  Missions  and  Church  Ex- 
tension Department  of  our  Con- 
vention. Together,  they  literal- 
ly rescued  our  church  from  its 
many  trials  and  misfortunes. 
The  Eastern  Conference 
leaders  ask  that  member- 
church  properties  be  jointly 
deeded  between  the  conference 
and  the  local  church.  It's  this 


factor  which  actually  saved  the 
properties.  After  having  been  a 
well-established  and  self- 
supporting  Original  Free  Will 
Baptist  church  for  approx- 
imately thirty-two  years,  our 
attendance  became  infiltrated 
with  persons  from  denomina- 
tions other  than  Original  Free 
Will  Baptist  who,  in  fact,  would 
have  taken  the  building  and 
properties  had  this  factor  not 
been  established  between  the 
conference  and  the  local 
church.  Subsequently,  upon  the 
recommendation  of  the  con- 
ference, we  reverted  to  mission 
status,  and  we  are  on  the  road 
to  recovery.  Therefore,  we  at 
the  Wilmington  Mission 
especially  thank  the  Rev.  Ray 
Wells,  chairman,  and  the  Rev. 
Charles  Crisp,  executive  direc- 
tor, both  of  Home  Missions  and 
Church  Extension,  as  well  as 
the  Rev.  Walter  Sutton  of  the 
Eastern  Conference  Missions 
Board,  for  their  many  prayers 
and  joint  efforts  and  their  godly 
directed  leadership. 

This  New  Year  brings  with  it 
good  tidings  and  great  joy  to  us 
who  are  instrumental  in  this 
amazing— almost  unbeliev- 
able—work here  in  the  Wil- 
mington Mission.  Time  con- 
suming, yes— but  it  feels  so 
good  when  you  know  you  are 


carrying  out  God's  wonderfi1! 
plan  by  taking  the  best  care 
His  house. 

Every  flock  needs  a  shej* 
herd— and  with  thankfulness' 
and  humble  hearts,  we  thairt 
God  for  sending  us  a  pasto 
The  members  here  at  the  Fud 
Free  Will  Baptist  Mission  fe 
that  to  be  successful  in  our  net 
beginning— so  named  by  one  < 
our  local  youths— we  fin* 
needed  a  full-time  pastor,  ori 
residing  here  in  Wilmingtoi 
Therefore,  after  much  prayej 
and  careful  consideration  V 
the  Eastern  Conference  Mir 
sions,  the  Home  Missions  an1 
Church  Extension,  the  chose' 
minister,   the   Rev.  Davi' 
Charles  Hansley,  and  his  evei1 
faithful  and  supporting  wife- 
Sylvia,  came  to  us  on  March  1(' 
1983.  Under  the  leadership  (j 
our  new  pastor,  we  have  see1 
many  miraculous  changes  tak; 
place.  David  Charles  Hansle 
is  truly  a  man  on  fire  for  tW 
Lord.  He,  in  all  probability 
doesn't  sleep  at  night  for  thinl' 
ing  of  ways  to  serve  the  Lord' 
But,  certainly  that's  what  w 
needed  here  in  the  Wilmingto 
Mission.     He  recognize 
dedicated  persons  serving  th 
Lord  to  the  best  of  their  abilitj 
whether  the  individual  be  on 
youngest  little  seven-year-ol 


12 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS' 


usher  or  the  eldest  bench 
rmer.  He  realizes  it  takes  us 
to  make  our  work  a  loving 
d  harmonious  institution  for 
I;  Lord.  Incidentally,  since 
I  cache r  David  Charles'  first 
Inday  with  us,  there  have 
■  en   only   three  Sundays 
Ithout  at  least  one  visitor!  Our 
lltendance  has  doubled,  and 
le  Sunday  school  percentage 
|  probably  one  of  the  highest 
I  nong  Original  Free  Will  Bap- 
ts,  averaging  95%.  Also,  our 
lerings  are  continually  in- 
easing. 

Another  important  factor  is 
at  the  Home  Missions  and 
lurch  Extension  Department 
>ng  with  the  Eastern  Con- 
rence  Missions  worked 
ligently  between  themselves 
d  with  us  concerning  our 
lancial  status  on  previous  ex- 
iting loans  on  our  church 
floperties.  They  negotiated 
|w  arrangements  so  a  par- 
inage  could  be  purchased.  The 
iven-room  ranch-style  brick 
|me,  conveniently  located  in  a 
immunity  within  a  mile  of  the 
mrch,  greets  whoever  visits 
fth  the  ancient  sign  of 
ijplcome,  the  pineapple.  You 
re  cordially  invited  to  come 
sit  our  pastor  and  his  family 
i^id  see  our  lovely  parsonage. 
Beautifying  the  church  in  its 
jitirety  has  required  the  joint 
tforts  of  us  all  along  with  past 
|embers  and  friends.  We've 
iiet  for  numerous  appointed 
orkdays,  and  several  have 
|>me  on  their  own  personal 
me.  We  have  renovated  and 
dw  finally  have  a  long-needed 
^llowship  hall.  Designated 
pntributions  were  given 
♦ward  paint  affording  us  the 
pportunity  to  do  interior  and 
icterior  painting,  especially  in 
ie  educational  department, 
jur  painters  included  men, 
fomen,  and  children!  You 
iiould  see  my  painting  cap  and 
loves!  It's  amazing  how  many 
ot  dogs  and  soft  drinks  our 
ouths,  and  we  adults,  con- 
umed  during  our  lunch 
reaks!  The  cotton  candy  was 
elicious,  too. 


Numerous  gifts  and  contribu- 
tions have  been  donated  in- 
cluding: 

1.  Sunday  School  Literature, 
provided  by  the  Beaverdam 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church  of 
Chadbourn  of  the  Pee  Dee 
Association. 

2.  Mimeograph  Machine, 
given  by  the  Little  Rock  Free 
Will  Baptist  Church,  Lucama, 
of  the  Western  Conference. 

3.  New  Church  Sign  given  by 
the  Rev.  O.  B.  Everette,  de- 
signed, built,  and  erected  by 
the  members. 

4.  A  Lighted  Cross  for  the 
front  of  the  building,  built  and 
erected  by  one  of  the  members. 

5.  A  heavy-duty  Lawnmower 
and  Weed-eater. 

6.  Maps  of  the  Holy  Land  for 
our  educational  department. 

7.  A  Dodge  Van,  donated  by 
Mr.  John  Underhill,  a  member 
of  our  mission. 

In  August,  our  mission  was 
the  setting  for  the  Ordination 
and  Commissioning  Service  of 
Mr.  Michael  Akers  of  Jackson- 
ville, Florida,  with  the  Ordain- 
ing Council  of  the  Eastern  Con- 
ference officiating.  It  was  a 
most  unique  service  as  Mr. 
Akers  was  being  commissioned 
as  a  chaplain  for  the  Armed 
Forces. 

The  eighty-eighth  session  of 
the  Eastern  Conference  con- 
vened at  the  Wilmington  Mis- 
sion on  October  19  and  20,  1983. 
Smiles  and  Christian  love  and 
harmony  were  felt  throughout 
the  convention  in  the  pro- 
ceedings of  our  conference 
business.  The  attendance  for 
the  two-day  conference  was 
unusually  good.  A  highlighting 
event  was  the  presentation  of  a 
plaque  to  the  Rev.  David  W. 
Hansley,  honoring  him  for 
fifty-one  years  of  service  as  a 
minister  in  the  Original  Free 
Will  Baptist  denomination.  Our 
pastor  was  elected  Assistant 
Moderator  of  the  Conference 
for  a  two-year  term.  Recently 
re-elected,  too,  as  Clerk  of  the 
Third  Union  of  the  Eastern  Con- 
ference, composed  of  thirty-two 


churches,  was  Mr.  Justin  H. 
Kornegay.  He  is  a  long-time 
member  and  an  outstanding 
leader  of  the  local  mission,  and 
presently  serving  as  Chairman 
of  the  Deacon  Board. 

At  our  first  Homecoming  on 
October  30,  1983,  we  observed  a 
most  heart-warming  service 
with  the  Rev.  Orvin  B. 
Everette,  the  first  pastor,  as 
guest  speaker.  Founding 
members  of  the  mission  were 
recognized,  including  Mrs. 
S.  A.  Hansley.  A  lovely  altar  set 
was  presented  by  her  family  to 
the  mission,  in  recognition  of 
the  fact  that  she  had  mortgaged 
her  own  home  for  the  mission  to 
obtain  monies  to  purchase  the 
first  property  for  a  church 
building.  The  Rev.  O.  B. 
Everette  was  recognized  as  be- 
ing the  first  pastor.  Brother 
Everette's  family  donated  a 
portrait  of  him,  to  be  hung  in  an 
appropriate  place  within  the 
educational  department.  The 
Rev.  Charles  Crisp,  director  of 
our  Home  Missions  and  Church 
Extension,  presented  Mr. 
Everette  with  a  Certificate  of 
Accomplishment  for  his  work 
in  beginning  six  missions,  all  of 
which  are  on-going  churches. 
Worship  concluded  with  prayer 
and  dedication  of  the  new 
church  sign,  followed  by  lunch 
served  in  our  new  fellowship 
hall. 

On  Christmas  Eve,  we 
celebrated  the  birth  of  Jesus 
Christ  in  a  service  of  Carols  and 
Candles  at  the  mission,  fol- 
lowed by  refreshments  and 
Open  House  at  the  parsonage. 

New  Year's  Day  was 
highlighted  with  an  Old- 
fashioned  luncheon  of 
backbone,  black-eyed  peas,  and 
desserts  immediately  following 
worship  service.  It's  always 
good  to  have  been  in  the  House 
of  the  Lord  for  worship  service, 
but  especially  one  followed  by  a 
Free  Will  Baptist  eatin 
meetin' ! 

In  the  planning  stage  are 
many  hopefuls  for  our  mission. 
The  Eastern  Conference  course 

(Continued  on  Page  19) 


HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


13 


Children's  Home 

JUST  PLAIN  FUN 


Can  you  remember  how  you  felt  when  you  experienced  your 
first  wiener  roast?  YOU  were  in  full  control!  Just  the  thought  of 
glazing  your  own  hot  dog  just  the  way  YOU  liked  it  gave  you  a  feel- 
ing of  childhood  fascination  that  you  never  forgot  (especially  if  the 
glaze  came  out  a  little  darker  than  you  thought  it  would).  Perhaps 
if  you  use  just  a  little  imagination  you  can  see  that  same  fascination 
in  the  photograph. 

God  has  given  us  so  much.  Having  facilities  like  our  Recrea- 
tional Building  allows  our  children  the  pleasures  of  recreational  ac- 
tivites  during  inclement  weather.  You  have  made  all  of  this  possi- 
ble. But  a  question  comes  to  mind  as  we  think  of  the  facility  through 
which  we  are  ministering.  How  long  has  it  been  since  you  have 
visited  YOUR  child  care  ministry?  You  have  given  (and  are  giv- 
ing) and  we  thank  you  for  your  investment  into  the  lives  of  children. 


"VALENTINE'S  DAY: 
EXPRESSIONS  OF  LOVE" 

God  is  love!  When  one  says 
that,  it  is  almost  impossible  for 
the  human  mind  to  comprehend 
the  meaning  of  the  words. 
When  we  speak  of  God's  love, 
we  do  not  mean  love  that  is 
romantic,  passionate,  or 
possessive.  We  mean  a  love 
that  gives  more  than  it  takes. 
This  kind  of  love  can  be  given  to 
a  stranger,  to  someone  we  have 
never  seen,  or  to  an  enemy.  It  is 
God's  love,  freely  given,  that 
makes  it  possible  for  human  be- 
ings to  respond  to  or  express 
love. 

One  cannot  escape  the  fact 
that  the  need  to  be  loved  and  to 
14 


love  is  at  the  very  heart  of  our 
children,  here  at  the  Children's 
Home.  Through  our  child  care 


71 

ministry,  a  child  feels  love 
the  atmosphere  around  him, 
the  relationships  of  those  nealj 
to  him,  in  the  tenderness  < 
touch  and  tone,  and  in  the  cai 
ing  for  his  needs.  It  is  impoi 
tant  for  our  children  to  knov 
that  whatever  is  happening  t 
them  at  any  given  moment  ( 
time,  love  never  ends. 


During  this  Valentine  seasoi 
two  of  our  residents  dre^ 
hearts  to  express  the  lov 
and  security  that  they  fe< 
here.  These  children  displaye 
these  drawings  without  bein 
prompted  to  do  so.  They  es 
pressed  love  as  being  thf 
following:  "Love  is  havint 
somebody  you  can  trust"  ant 
"Love  is  being  around  peop] 
that  cares  for  you."  Theil 
understanding  of  love  ei> 
presses  the  love  and  care  tluj 
we  strive  to  set  forth  for  thos! 
children  who  are  in  need.  Wj 
would  like  to  extend  an  invitaj 
tion  to  you  to  love! 

SINCERE  THANKS 

We  would  like  to  express  ou 
sincere  appreciation  to  thos 
who  responded  to  our  pilkv 
drive :  Marlboro  Auxiliarj 
Aspen  Grove  League,  an 
Piney  Grove  Sunday  Scho< 
Class  #8  (Pitt  County).  Yo 
have  helped  us  to  provide 
very  essential  need  for  tn 
children  in  our  care. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


Sunday  School  Lesson 


Ifor  February  26 

THE  SERVICE 
GOD  SEES 

esson  Text:  Isaiah  58:5-11 
yiemory  Verse:  Micah  6:8 

((Solomon's  temple  was 
■estroyed  and  the  people  of 
udah  were  exiles  in  a  foreign 
ind.  Without  the  temple  and 
le  opportunity  to  offer  animal 
•kcrifices,  worship  as  it  had 
Keen  conducted  through  the 
i tears  was  no  longer  possible, 
li/ould  the  Jews,  for  this  reason, 
aase  to  be  a  people  of  God? 
i pis  was  a  possibility,  but  ac- 
kally  the  exile  served  to 
trengthen  Judaism  in  two 
[gnificant  ways.  One  was  that 
(iey  came  more  and  more  to  be 
The  People  of  the  Book."  The 
;mple  was  gone  but  they  had 
te  sacred  Scriptures,  and  to 
jiese  they  gave  more  and  more 
ttention.  The  other  was  that 
worship  of  God  tended  in  the 
irection  of  the  personal,  in- 
jjividual  relationship. 

i  These  developments  were 
beneficial,  but  at  the  same  time 
hey  presented  the  possibility  of 
buse.  On  the  one  hand  was  the 
ianger  that  the  study  of  the 
Vord  would  result  in  a  purely 
scademic  pursuit.  On  the  other, 
personal  religion  could  well 
jecome  an  exercise  in  self- 
(lorification.  To  a  degree,  both 
Jf  these  aberrations  did 
levelop.  Our  lesson  is  con- 
ierned  with  the  second,  the 
natter  of  personal  religion. 
1  Specifically,  our  text  deals 
lath  fasting,  but  its  basic 
eaching  goes  far  beyond  that 
o  the  matter  of  attitude, 
riotive,  and  purpose  in  per- 
onal  worship.  More  than  this, 
ind  this  is  the  heart  of  the 
esson,  it  makes  clear  that  no 
eligious  expression  has  any 
validity  unless  the  life  of  the 
vorshiper  is  characterized  by 
food  deeds.  Religious  practice 
:annot  possibly  have  meaning 
ipart  from  godly  living. 


In  the  Mosaic  Law  fasting 
(referred  to  as  "afflicting  one's 
soul")  was  prescribed  only  on 
the  Day  of  Atonement 
(Leviticus  16:29,  31).  After  the 
exile,  however,  four  other  an- 
nual fasts  were  kept 
(Zechariah  8:19),  com- 
memorating disasters  the  Jews 
had  experienced.  Otherwise, 
fasting,  either  individual  or 
corporate,  might  be  undergone 
for  some  particularly  signifi- 
cant occasion.  For  example, 
Moses  fasted  on  Mount  Sinai 
when  the  Law  was  given,  seem- 
ingly as  befitting  the  serious 
nature  of  the  event.  The  nation 
was  sometimes  called  to  fast 
when  danger  threatened,  while 
personal  fasting  frequently  ac- 
companied the  mourning  for 
the  dead. 

At  other  times  the  fast  was 
directed  toward  receiving  help 
from  God  (2  Samuel  12:16-23). 
Some  came  to  look  upon  fasting 
as  a  certain  means  of  securing 
God's  favor.  Our  lesson  in- 
dicates unequivocally  that 
more  than  this  is  required.  The 
people  fasted  and  were  faithful 
in  performing  other  religious 
"duties."  They  professed  to  be 
concerned  about  instruction 
from  the  Lord.  Yet  they  com- 
plained that  God  was  not  taking 
any  note  of  them  and  they 
wanted  to  know  why  (Isaiah 
58:1-4). — Standard  Lesson 
Commentary 


For  March  4 

JESUS  BEGINS 
HIS  MINISTRY 

Lesson  Text:  Mark  1:14-28 
Memory  Verse :  Mark  1 : 15 

Mark's  account  of  the  "begin- 
ning of  the  gospel  of  Jesus 
Christ"  (1:1)  takes  up  at  the 
point  where  his  Roman  readers 
would  be  most  concerned— with 
the  mighty  works  of  Jesus' 
public  ministry.  For  some  thir- 
ty years  before  this,  however, 
Jesus  had  prepared  for  that 


ministry.  The  first  two 
chapters  of  Luke  tell  of  Jesus' 
birth,  of  His  being  presented  in 
the  temple  as  an  infant,  and  of 
His  eager  conversation  with  the 
teachers  of  the  Law  at  the  age 
of  twelve.  All  the  Gospel 
writers  tell  something  of  John 
the  Baptist's  preparatory  min- 
istry, and  the  first  three  tell  of 
Jesus'  baptism.  Matthew  and 
Luke  tell  rather  fully  of  Jesus' 
being  tempted  in  the  wilder- 
ness. This  happened  in  Judea. 

The  second  chapter  of  John 
tells  of  an  early  visit  to  Galilee, 
including  Jesus'  first  miracle 
at  a  wedding  feast  in  Cana. 
Back  in  Judea,  Jesus 
ministered  for  a  time  and 
became  known  for  His  miracles 
before  Nicodemus  came  at 
night  to  confer  with  Him  (John 
3:1,  2). 

Moving  northward  from 
Judea,  Jesus  declared  His 
messiahship  to  a  Samaritan 
woman  at  Sychar,  and  re- 
mained in  that  village  for  two 
days  before  going  on  to  Galilee. 

The  writings  of  Josephus,  as 
well  as  the  Gospels,  draw  a 
fascinating  picture  of  Jesus' 
Galilee.  Lying  west  of  the  Jor- 
dan River  and  the  sea  that 
bears  its  name,  Galilee  was  a 
busy,  thriving  area,  intensely 
cultivated  and  dotted  with 
populous  villages.  Pottery, 
weaving,  and  glass  manufac- 
ture, as  well  as  fishing,  trading, 
and  farming,  kept  its  people 
busy.  Its  population  at  that 
time  has  been  estimated  at 
some  two  million,  in  some  240 
villages  within  an  area  com- 
parable to  one  of  Ohio's  larger 
counties.  The  synagogues  were 
surely  numerous  and  well  at- 
tended.—  Standard  Lesson 
Commentary 

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SUNDAY, 


36 


FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  30,  31 

DON'T  FORGET  PAST  MERCIES 
There  was  an  old  lady  who  dearly  loved  her 
Lord.  She  delighted  to  speak  of  His  past  mercies 
and  how  He  had  cared  for  her  needs  over  the 
years.  When  her  little  reserve  of  money  got  low, 
however,  she  became  very  fearful.  "It  will  not 
last  long, ' '  she  sadly  said.  A  neighbor  said  to  her, 
"What  has  happened  to  your  memory?  You  used 
to  tell  me  so  much  about  the  Lord's  goodness  to 
you.  Since  you  have  stopped  remembering  His 
past  goodness,  you  have  become  fearful.  You 
had  better  start  remembering  the  Lord's  past 
mercies! " 

Later,  the  old  lady  said  to  her  pastor,  "What 
a  much-needed  rebuke  I  received  from  that 
neighbor!  And  to  think  she  isn't  even  a  Chris- 
tian!" 


Worry  is  the  advance  interest  you  pay  on  troubles  that 
seldom  come. 


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MONDAY, 
FEBRUARY 

Scripture  Reading— Numbers  32,  33 


LET  NOT  YOUR  HEART  BE  TROUBLED 
Though  all  the  world  be  troubled, 

And  men's  hearts  faint  with  fear 
At  the  danger  in  the  distance 

And  dangers  drawing  near; 
Though  every  help  should  fail  them 

On  which  their  hopes  are  stayed, 
"Let  not  your  heart  be  troubled, 

Nor  let  it  be  afraid." 

Though  all  the  earth  be  troubled, 

And  its  foundations  shake, 
Though  raging  seas  shall  thunder, 

And  mighty  mountains  quake ; 
Though  lofty  walls  shall  crumble 

And  in  the  dust  be  laid, 
"Let  not  your  heart  be  troubled, 

Nor  let  it  be  afraid." 


Though  all  your  way  be  troubled, 

And  bounds  and  landmarks  lost, 
Though  on  the  stormy  billows 

Your  little  bark  be  tossed, 
Though  all  around  be  changing, 

Here  let  your  mind  be  stayed, 
"Let  not  your  heart  be  troubled, 

Nor  let  it  be  afraid.  " 


TUESDAY,  o8 
FEBRUARY 


Scripture  Reading— Numbers  34,  35 

A  SPIRITUAL  ST.  VITUS 

Thank  God,  some  dear  old  things  do  ri 
change.  We  work  ourselves  into  a  mental  ai 
spiritual  St.  Vitus.  We  make  mountains  out  of  o 
molehill  concerns  and  think  wisdom  will  die  wi 
us.  It  is  refreshing  to  remember  that,  long  aft 
our  stormy  issues  have  been  forgotten,  pla 
things  like  spring  and  mockingbirds  endui 
Why  so  hot,  little  man?  You  are  dizzy  fro 
modernity's  merry-go-round.  Your  storming  ai 
shouting  will  bring  you  only  high  blood  pressur 
Calm  yourself:  "the  woods  are  green  and  tl 
mockingbird  is  singing"  back  home! 

Let  me  relax,  throw  open  the  windows  of  n 
stuffy  little  soul  and  let  the  cooling  breezes  of 
better  world  sweep  through!  What  will  all  n 
petty  worries  amount  to  fifty  years  from  now*! 
will  rejoice  in  the  old  simplicities  which  no  mj 
can  take  away— like  spring  and  green  woods  ai 
mockingbirds. 


And,  better  still,  I  will  rest  my  soul  in  the  goodness  ofG\ 
and  His  amazing  grace,  that  saves  a  poor  sinner  like  me. 


WEDNESDAY, 
FEBRUARY 


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Scripture  Reading— Numbers  36 

GREEN  PASTURES 
Last  night  I  started  counting  sheep 

When  I  had  gone  to  bed, 
For  I  had  worries  large  and  small 

Which  drove  sleep  from  my  head. 
The  sheep  had  many  little  lambs, 

And  these  I  counted  too ; 
Thus  through  the  flock  I  went  until 

The  shepherd  came  in  view. 
And  then  I  thought,  "Why  spend  my  time 

In  simply  counting  sheep 
When  I  can  walk  with  Him  and  pray 

For  folk  who  cannot  sleep?" 
I  walked  with  Him  a  while,  and  then 

He  smiled  and  said  to  me, 
"Look  back;  where  are  your  worries  now?' 

But  not  one  could  I  see! 


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Worry,  like  a  rocking  chair,  will  give  you  something 
do,  but  it  won't  get  you  anywhere. 

THURSDAY,  1 
MARCH 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  1,  2 

USELESS  ANXIETY 
A  couple  started  off  to  ride  to  a  friend.  Tl 
morning  was  pleasant,   and  they  enjoy< 

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mselves  until  they  happened  to  remember  a 
/Jrtain  bridge  which  was  very  old  and  probably 
iisafe.  "I  shall  never  dare  to  go  over  that 
lidge,"  exclaimed  the  wife;  "and  we  can't  get 
Eross  the  river  any  other  way ! "  "Oh,"  said  the 
Ian,  "I  forgot  that  bridge.  It  is  a  bad  place ;  sup- 
jise  it  should  break  through  and  we  should  fall 
o  the  water  and  be  drowned! "  "Or,"  said  the 
man,  adding  to  his  complaint,  "suppose  you 
ould  step  on  a  rotten  plank  and  break  your  leg; 
at  would  become  of  me  and  the  baby?"  "I 
n't  know,"  responded  the  husband,  "what 
mid  become  of  any  of  us,  for  I  couldn't  work, 
ml  we  should  all  starve  to  death!"  So  the 
tygubrious  talk  ran  on  until  they  reached  the  spot 
"i/here  the  old  bridge  had  stood— and  lo,  they 
Irfscovered  that  since  they  had  been  there  it  had 
lien  replaced  with  a  new  one ! 


It  is  a  workman  pausing  a  moment  to  listen 
to  a  strain  of  music. 


||  All  their  anxiety  had  been  worse  than  useless. 

JRIDAY,  9 
JIARCH  * 

Iripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  3,  4 

DEEPFREEZE  WORSHIP 

Operation  Deepfreeze  was  the  U.S.  Navy's 
icpedition  to  the  Antarctic  where  intrepid  men 
tere  bedded  down  at  Little  America  and  where 
ie  temperature  went  to  ninety  degrees  below 
;ro.  Dr.  Paul  A.  Siple,  a  scientist,  was  a 
iember  of  the  exploration  group.  He  radioed  a 
lessage  to  the  Friendship  Bible  Class  which  he 
lught  at  the  Calvary  Baptist  Church, 
/ashington,  DC,  saying,  "We  are  having 
Bgular  Sunday  services  in  which  Scripture  is 
jad  and  hymns  are  sung." 

A  London  housewife  had  the  correct  idea, 
ver  the  sink  in  the  kitchen  of  her  small  apart- 
lent  she  hung  a  motto  which  read:  "Divine  wor- 
lip  conducted  here  three  times  daily! " 


Though  we  may  worship  God  anywhere,  there  is  no 
tbstitute  for  collective  worship  in  God's  house  on  the  Lord's 
kyt:  "Not  forsaking  the  assembling  of  ourselves  together,  as 
,e  manner  of  some  is;  but  exhorting  one  another"  (Hebrews 
1:25). 


;aturday,  „ 

iIARCH 


cripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  5-7 

WHAT  IS  WORSHIP? 

It  is  the  soul  searching  for  its  counterpart. 

It  is  a  thirsty  land  crying  out  for  rain. 

It  is  a  man  listening  through  a  tornado  for 
he  Still  Small  Voice. 

It  is  a  sheep  lost  in  the  wilderness  pleading 
or  rescue  by  the  Good  Shepherd. 

It  is  a  soul  standing  in  awe  before  the 
nystery  of  the  universe. 

It  is  a  poet  enthralled  by  the  beauty  of 
unrise. 


It  is  a  hungry  heart  seeking  for  love. 

It  is  a  man  climbing  the  altar  stairs  to  God. 

SUNDAY,  d 
MARCH  * 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  8-10 

AS  GOD  SEES  IT 

A  story  is  told  in  which  a  man  went  to  church 
with  an  angel  as  his  guide.  Every  seat  in  the 
church  was  filled,  but  there  was  something 
strange  about  it  all.  The  organist  moved  his 
fingers  over  the  keys,  but  no  music  came  forth 
from  the  pipes.  The  choir  arose  to  sing,  and  their 
lips  moved,  but  not  a  sound  was  to  be  heard.  The 
pastor  stepped  to  the  pulpit  to  read  the  Scrip- 
tures, but  not  a  sound  was  heard. 

The  congregation  joined  in  repeating  the 
prayer,  but  not  a  single  sound  was  heard.  The 
pastor  again  stepped  to  the  pulpit,  and  went 
through  all  the  motions  of  preaching,  but  the 
man  with  the  angel  heard  nothing.  So  he  turned 
to  the  angel  and  said, 

"What  does  this  mean?  I  see  that  a  service  is 
being  held,  but  I  hear  nothing." 

The  angel  replied,  "You  hear  nothing 
because  there  is  nothing  to  be  heard.  You  see  this 
service  just  as  God  sees  it.  These  are  not  putting 
their  hearts  into  it,  and  so  God  hears  nothing.  He 
hears  only  that  which  comes  from  the  heart,  and 
not  that  which  comes  from  the  lips  only." 

As  the  angel  was  speaking,  back  in  the  last 
pew  they  heard  a  child  saying,  "Our  Father, 
which  art  in  heaven,  hallowed  be  thy  name,"  etc. 
The  angel  said,  "You  are  hearing  the  only  part  of 
this  service  that  God  hears.  He  hears  this  little 
child's  prayer  because  she  means  what  she  says, 
and  puts  her  heart  and  soul  in  it." 


Enter  the  place  of  worship  a  little  before  the  service 
begins.  Enter  expectantly.  God  has  promised  to  meet  you 
there.  Whisper  a  prayer.  When  the  first  hymn  is  announced, 
open  your  hymnal  to  that  place.  If  you  cannot  sing,  follow  the 
words.  Bow  your  head  and  close  your  eyes  during  the  prayer. 
As  you  give,  pray  that  God  will  accept  the  gift.  During  the 
special  music,  be  attentive  and  prayerful.  When  the  minister 
preaches,  pray  for  him  and  listen  attentively.  Be  silent  ex- 
cept to  sing  or  to  say  "Amen!" 

MONDAY,  k 
MARCH 

Scripture  Reading -Deuteronomy  11-13 

WHEN  GOD  IS  BUT  A  NAME 
The  Jewish  rabbis  had  an  interesting  tradi- 
tion concerning  the  withdrawal  of  God's  glory 
from  the  temple.  There  came  a  time  when  the 
Shekinah,  the  holy  flame  in  the  cloud,  having 
waited  for  His  people  to  return  to  their  God, 
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departed  from  the  Holy  of  Holies  unto  the  Mount 
of  Olives,  where  it  waited  for  three  days,  if  per- 
chance they  would  repent,  and  then  went  "unto 
his  own  place."  When  such  a  thing  had  hap- 
pened, all  the  outer  observances  and  posturings 
no  longer  had  any  meaning  or  value.  From  such 
a  spiritual  "recession,"  what  tragic  conse- 
quences flow! 


Ah,  dark  the  shrine  whence  Light  has  gone! 

Cold,  cold  the  altar  when  the  flame 
Is  quenched,  and  desolate  and  lone 

My  soul  when  God  is  but  a  name! 

TUESDAY,  a 
MARCH  b 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  14-16 

A  DIAMOND  IN  THE  ROUGH 
One  night  a  boy  stood  under  a  street  lamp, 
swearing  like  a  sailor.  Dr.  Homer  Stuntz,  who 
believed  in  the  limitless  possibilities  of  even  bad 
boys  when  changed  by  God's  grace,  approached 
the  boy  and  began  jollying  with  him.  The  friendly 
approach  seemed  to  cause  the  boy  to  swear  all 
the  more.  Not  daunted  by  the  boy's  profanity, 
and  seeing  beneath  his  rough  exterior  great 
potentialities,  the  gentleman  invited  him  to 
become  a  member  of  his  Sunday  school  class. 
The  boy  promised  to  attend,  but  failed  to  do  so. 
The  faithful  teacher  did  not  become  discouraged, 
but  continued  to  invite  him  to  his  class. 

Finally  the  boy  began  to  attend  the  class.  He 
was  bullheaded,  irreverent,  and  the  "worst  boy 
in  the  class."  He  constantly  asked  questions 
which  nobody  could  answer.  Somehow  the 
faithful  and  patient  teacher  saw  behind  the 
tricky  questions  great  intelligence.  Time  passed. 
Then,  one  day,  Dr.  Stuntz  said,  "My  boy,  how 
would  you  like  to  go  to  college?"  "The  best  in  the 
world,"  replied  the  boy  with  a  twinkle  in  his  eye. 
He  became  a  student  at  Northwestern  Universi- 
ty, where  he  made  good.  Later  he  became  a  pro- 
fessional ball  player.  One  Sunday  afternoon  he 
heard  the  gospel  preached  in  Chicago's  skid  row. 
He  was  convicted  of  sin  and  converted  to  the 
Saviour. 

Who  was  that  boy  in  whom  a  Sunday  school 
teacher  saw  great  possibilities  and  made  an  in- 
vestment the  dividends  of  which  can  never  be 
fully  computed  this  side  of  the  judgment  seat  of 
Christ?  Billy  Sunday,  the  world-famed 
evangelist,  whose  faithful  preaching  and  soul- 
winning  ministry  brought  many  to  Christ. 


Of  that  faithful  Sunday  school  teacher,  Billy  Sunday  said 
after  fame  came  to  him,  "You  are  the  one  who  started  me  in 
the  right  direction. " 

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WEDNESDAY,  -  I 
MARCH  ' 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  17-20 

GIVE  TO  CHRIST  YOUR  YOUTHFUL  YEARS 

A  Sunday  school  teacher  became  deeply  con 
cerned  for  the  conversion  of  a  teenage  girl  in  hei! 
class.  Lovingly  and  earnestly  she  spoke  to  th^ 
girl  on  the  all-important  subject— her  soul'i 
salvation.  The  girl  listened  respectfully.  Sh< 
decided  against  Christ,  saying  that  in  later  yean 
she  would  give  consideration  to  her  relationshi] 
to  Christ.  The  teacher  went  away  with  a  sa< 
heart.  On  her  way  home,  she  thought  of  a  nove 
plan  to  impress  on  the  girl  the  unfairness  of  giv; 
ing  her  youthful  years  to  sin  and  then  turning  t< 
Christ  for  forgiveness.  Stopping  at  a  florist'! 
shop  she  bought  a  dozen  beautiful  roses.  She  kep 
the  roses  in  the  florist's  box  for  several  days 
Then  she  sent  them  to  the  girl.  The  girl  was 
elated  to  receive  the  gift  until  she  opened  the  boj 
and  saw  the  faded  and  wilted  flowers.  "Son* 
practical  joke  has  been  played  on  me,"  she  sai( 
disgustedly. 

Shortly  thereafter  the  teacher  called  on  th< 
girl  again.  The  girl  told  her  about  the  faded  roses 
she  had  received.  "I  sent  them,"  said  th< 
teacher.  "When  you  chose  not  to  give  Christ  youi 
youthful  years,  you  decided  to  present  to  Hiir 
later  a  life  faded  and  withered  like  those  roses!'. 


The  girl  answered,  "Teacher,  I  see  it.  It  will  not  be  thai 
way.  I  will  give  myself  to  Christ  right  now  and  live  for  Hit 
glory. " 

THURSDAY,  o 
MARCH 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  21-23 

TELL  WHAT  CHRIST  MEANS  TO  YOU 
An  humble  layman  was  asked  by  his  pasto* 
to  give  a  talk  before  a  large  congregation.  "I 
have  never  spoken  in  public,  and  I  don't  see  how 
I  could  talk  to  that  large  congregation.  My  knees 
would  shake  and  I  would  become  paralyzed  with 
fear,"  he  said.  "You  will  do  all  right,"  said  the, 
pastor.  "Just  tell  the  people  how  Christ  savecj 
you  and  what  He  means  to  you."  "For  Christ's 
sake,  I'll  make  the  effort,"  replied  the  man 
When  he  spoke,  all  fear  vanished. 


The  people  were  deeply  blessed  and  greatly  challenged 
to  give  their  best  in  service  to  God. 

FRIDAY,  Q 
MARCH  * 

Scripture  Reading -Deuteronomy  24-27 
ALL  V.I.P.'S 
All  have  a  share  in  the  beauty 
All  have  a  part  in  the  plan; 

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MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

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Honor  of  Ervin  G.  Foreman 


gy  Gene  Foreman,  Judy  Hutton,  Linda  Leggett,  Faye  Jones, 
and  Naomi  Tankard 
Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  Ackiss 
By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Lloyd  Vernon 

By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
w  Honor  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  Burkette  Raper 

By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
m  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  David  W.  Hansley 

By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hubert  E.  Phillips 

By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Ryan  Craig  Simmons 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Fentress  Simmons,  Creswell 
in  Memory  of  Fay  A.  Evans 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  A.  Worth  Aycock,  Fremont 
In  Memory  of  Zelbert  Cox 

By  Mrs.  Zelbert  Cox,  Grifton 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Orvin  B.  Everett  Jr. 

By  Cabin  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Beulaville 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Cora  Mitchell 

By  the  Cora  Mitchell  Sunday  School  Class, 
First  Church,  Goldsboro 

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has  been  developed  for 
ministers  and  laymen  for  a  six- 
country  area  including:  New 
Hanover,  Brunswick,  Pender, 
Columbus,  Bladen,  and  Onslow. 
This  program  will  coordinate 
with  the  Paul  Palmer  Institute 
Program  of  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege for  those  who  desire  to  ob- 
tain college  credits.  The  Wil- 
mington Mission  will  be  the 
center  for  this  training. 

There  are  numerous  other 
plans  in  the  working  toward  the 
growth  of  our  mission.  With 
God  being  the  Alpha  and 
Omega,  He  will  surely  be 
triumphant— as  this  little  mis- 
sion by  the  wayside  glows  for 
the  cause  of  Christ.  Small  in 
number,  but  I  can  vividly 
remember,  back  when  we  were 
down  in  the  dumps  and  feeling 
the  agony  of  defeat,  one  of  our 
most  outstanding  leaders  of  the 
Original  Free  Will  Baptist 
denomination,  the  Rev.  David 
W.  Hansley,  said  to  us  while 
conducting  a  business  meeting, 
"We  may  not  be  large  in 
number— but  it's  QUALITY— 
NOT  QUANTITY -that  really 
counts."  We  must  remember  to 
PRAY  WITHOUT  CEASING 
and  keep  on  keeping  on.  We  ask 
please  for  each  of  you  to  sup- 
port Home  Missions,  and  fur- 
ther to  pray  for  us,  that  we  may 
GROW  A  CHURCH  in  the  fast- 
est growing  city  in  North 
Carolina. 

We  are  truly  excited  about 
our  new  beginning! 

First  Original  Free  Will  Baptist 
Mission 

4602  South  College  Road 
Wilmington,  North  Carolina  28403 
Phone:  919-395-2997 

Rev.  David  Charles  Hansley,  Pastor 
5611  Woodridge  Road 
Wilmington,  North  Carolina  28403 
Phone:  919-395-2466 


FAMILY  DEVOTIONS 

(Continued  from  Page  18) 
What  does  it  matter  what  duty 
Falls  to  the  lot  of  man? 

Someone  must  blend  the  plaster 

And  someone  must  carry  the  stone ; 

Neither  the  man  nor  the  master 
Ever  has  builded  alone. 


Making  a  roof  from  the  weather 
Or  building  a  house  for  a  king, 
Only  by  working  together  have  men 
Ever  accomplished  a  thing. 


SATURDAY, 
MARCH 


10 


Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  28 

BEING  OF  USE 
One  day  I  looked  at  myself, 

At  the  self  that  Christ  can  see ; 
I  saw  the  person  I  am  today, 

And  the  one  I  ought  to  be, 
I  saw  how  little  I  really  pray, 

How  little  I  really  do ; 
I  saw  the  influence  of  my  life, 

How  little  of  it  was  true ! 
I  saw  the  bundle  of  faults  and  fears 

I  ought  to  lay  on  the  shelf ; 
I  had  given  a  little  bit  to  God- 
But  I  hadn't  given  myself. 
I  came  from  seeing  myself, 

With  my  mind  made  up  to  be 
The  sort  of  person  that  Christ  can  use, 

With  a  heart  He  may  always  see. 


/  am  no  longer  anxious  about  anything,  as  I  realize  the 
Lord  is  able  to  carry  out  His  will,  and  His  will  is  mine.  It 
makes  no  matter  where  He  places  me,  or  how.  That  is  rather 
for  Him  to  consider  than  for  me;  for  in  the  easiest  positions 
He  must  give  me  His  grace,  and  in  the  most  difficult,  His 
grace  is  sufficient. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustrations,  Walter  B.  Knight. 


Discount  on 
All  In-stock 
Merchandise 
Now  Given  to 
Free  Will 
Baptist 
Ministers 
(cash  sales 
only). 


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BONHOEFFER 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 
intrigue  and  stimulate  while  leaving  us  uncer- 
tain as  to  what  their  author  really  meant.  Some 
tentative  suggestions  about  his  thinking  during 
this  time  can  be  made,  however. 

He  drew  a  distinction  between  religion  and 
Christianity  and  suggested  that  man  no  longer 
needs  religion,  or  "the  God  of  gaps,"  to  explain 
the  unexplainable.  God,  through  the  Incarnate 
Christ,  is  in  the  world  and  must  be  recognized 
there.  God  is  known  through  Christ  in  living 
relationship  and  often  in  weakness  and  suffer- 
ing. Perhaps  his  disappointment  with  the  na- 
tional church  in  Germany  led  to  his  view  that 
the  church  is  not  an  institution;  but  rather,  like 
God,  incarnate  in  the  world. 

In  1944,  incriminating  documents  (connect- 
ing Bonhoeffer  with  the  group  behind  the  July 
20,  1944,  attempt  on  Hitler's  life)  were  found 
which  could  have  led  to  the  execution  of 
Bonhoeffer  and  others.  Hitler,  however,  wanted 
to  torture  them  in  order  to  trap  others  involved 
in  the  various  plots  against  his  life.  After  two 
transfers,  Bonhoeffer  was  taken  to  Flossen- 
burg,  an  extermination  camp.  During  these 
moves  he  acted  as  unofficial  chaplain  to  his 
fellow  prisoners  as  he  counseled  and  encour- 
aged them  in  the  face  of  the  constant  threat  of 
death. 

Finally,  a  special  order  came  down  from 
Himmler  that  Bonhoeffer  and  others  were  to  be 
executed.  When  they  came  to  take  him  away, 
he  sent  word  to  one  of  his  friends,  "This  is  the 
end— for  me  the  beginning  of  life."  Following  a 
mock  trial,  he  was  taken  outside  the  camp  and 
hanged  April  9,  1945.  The  last  scene  of  his  life 
was  recorded  by  the  camp  doctor  of  Flossen- 
burg: 

On  the  morning  of  the  day,  some  time  between  five  and 
six  o'clock,  the  prisoners,  among  them  Admiral 
Canaris,  General  Oster  and  Sack,  the  Judge  Advocate 
General,  were  led  out  of  their  cells  and  the  verdicts 
read  to  them.  Through  the  half -open  door  of  a  room  in 
one  of  the  huts  I  saw  Pastor  Bonhoeffer,  still  in  his 
prison  clothes,  kneeling  in  fervent  prayer  to  the  Lord 
his  God.  The  devotion  and  evident  conviction  of  being 
heard  that  I  saw  in  the  prayer  of  this  intensely  cap- 
tivating man,  moved  me  to  the  depths.  At  the  place  of 
execution,  he  again  said  a  short  prayer  and  then 
climbed  the  steps  to  the  gallows,  brave  and  composed. 
His  death  ensued  after  a  few  seconds.  In  the  almost  fif- 
ty years  that  I  worked  as  a  doctor,  I  have  hardly  ever 
seen  a  man  die  so  entirely  submissive  to  the  will  of 
God. 

Several  days  after  his  death  the  camp  was 
liberated  by  the  Allied  forces.  A  month  later, 
Nazi  Germany  fell. 


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BOARD  OF 
FOREIGN 
MISSIONS 

N.C.  STATE  CONVENTION  OF 

ORIGINAL  FREE  WILL  BAPTISTS 

Harold  Jones,  Director- Treasurer 

P.O.  Box  38 

Ayden,  NC  28513-0038 

Phone  (919)  746-4963 


T'  he  van  der  Plas  Family  will  leave  the  Raleigh-Durham  Airport  on  March  16, 
1984,  bound  for  the  Philippines.  Let's  have  all  the  needed  funds  for  the  Palawan 
Bible  Institute  Printing  Department  Building  at  that  time! 

The  Foreign  Missions  Department  has  been  requesting  funds  for  the  construction  of 
this  facility  since  last  March.  As  of  this  printing,  the  Department  still  needs  $9,155.48. 

This  building  will  be  1,840  square  feet  and  has  a  construction  cost  figured  at  $15  a 
square  foot.  This  building  is  considered  to  be  one  of  the  greatest  needs  on  the  field  at  this 
time.  The  equipment  which  will  be  used  in  the  printing  operation  presently  sits  idle  in 
crates  while  people  are  dying  without  the  gospel. 

As  Free  Will  Baptists,  we  have  done  many  things  during  the  past  year— but  we  have 
not  met  this  need.  Let's  do  so  before  the  van  der  Plas  Family  leaves  the  States. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


The 
1 1- "e  Will 


The  Free  Will  Baptist 


Editorial 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

Retirement  Homes   5 

News  and  Notes   6 

Woman's  Auxiliary   10 

Children's  Home  11 

Foreign  Missions  12 

Mount  Olive  College  14 

Family  Devotions  16 

Sunday  School  Lesson  18 

The  Education  of  the  Ministry 
In  the  Free  Will  Baptist  Church   5 

A  Personal  Thank  You   13 

Volume  99  Number  9 

March  7,  1984 

Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 


Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.,  811 
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Board  of  Directors 

Dewey  Boling,  President;  C.  Felton  Godwin,  Vice 
President;  Ruth  Taylor,  Secretary;  Adrian  Grubbs, 
Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards, 
Marice  DeBruhl;  James  Billy  Hardee;  De  Wayne 
Eakes;  David  W.  Hansley,  Chairman  Emeritus. 

Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.:  Cliff 
Gray,  Executive  Director;  Bobby  Pennington, 
Financial  Director;  Janie  Jones  Sowers,  Editor  of 
Literature. 


Commitment:  the  Bottom  Line 

Surely,  you've  noticed.  Whenever  anything  really  impor  I 
tant  needs  to  be  done,  a  few  people  do  a  lot,  some  do  "some,'  I 
and  many  do  precious  little— if  anything  at  all.  But  if  it  turns 
out  well,  everyone  likes  to  get  the  credit.  It's  almost  a  fact  oi 
life. 

But  you've  probably  realized  this— especially  if  you  are 
one  of  those  people  who've  done  more  than  your  share,  if  you 
are  one  who  has  given  your  all  because  others  don't  seem  to  be 
able  to  get  their  acts  together.  This  whole  matter  becomes 
more  disheartening  when  you  see  those  same  people  giving 
first-rate  efforts  to  second-rate  causes,  while  they  give 
second-rate  efforts  to  first-rate  causes. 

Now  I  call  living  the  Christian  life  a  first-rate  cause.  At 
least  that  is  the  way  Jesus  saw  it.  He  said,  "Go,  then,  to  people 
everywhere  and  make  them  my  disciples"  (paraphrased); 
but  He  didn't  add,  "if  you  have  time,"  "until  something  better 
comes  along,"  "while  times  are  good,"  "while  the  children 
are  home,"  or  even  "after  you've  finished  what  you  are 
doing."  Affirming  Jesus  as  Lord  means  taking  Him 
seriously— but  we  do  not.  We  prefer  playing  games— and  we 
might  as  well  know  this  is  not  a  winning  proposition.  Affirming ; 
Jesus  as  Lord  means  living  a  committed  life. 

But  commitment  is  not  popular. 

At  the  conclusion  of  an  in-depth  Bible  study,  the  par- 
ticipants began  singing,  "I  Have  Decided  to  Follow  Jesus." 
Out  of  the  sea  of  singing  voices,  a  strong,  male  voice  could  be 
heard.  Speaking  into  a  microphone,  the  young  man  asked,  "If 
you  really  have  decided  to  follow  Jesus,  what  are  you  going  to 
do  about  it?  Can  you  honestly  say  you'll  follow  Him  'no  turning 
back'  like  the  song  says?  If  not,  why  are  you  singing?  Are  you 
sure  you  know  what  it  means  to  follow  Jesus?  It's  not  easy, 
you  know.  How  come  you  are  singing,  'I  Have  Decided  to 
Follow  Jesus'  if  you  really  don't  know  what  that  means?  Have 
you  really  counted  the  cost?" 

A  few  people  dropped  out  on  the  next  verse :  '  'Tho  none  go 
with  me,  I  still  will  follow." 

And  the  speaker  continued.  "That's  a  very  bold  statement 
you're  making.  Do  you  mean  you  would  have  the  courage  to  j 
get  up  from  the  front  of  this  auditorium  and  walk  out  in  front  of 
all  of  these  people  if  they  chose  not  to  follow  Jesus  but  you  did? 
Are  you  absolutely  willing  to  be  the  only  one  doing  what  you  \ 
feel  you  have  to  do  in  order  to  follow  Jesus?" 

The  singing  got  weaker. 

"My  cross  I'll  carry  till  I  see  Jesus." 

And  his  comments  continued:  "A  lot  of  people  say  that.  A  j 
lot  of  people  want  it  to  be  that  way.  But  their  commitment 
wavers  as  time  passes.  There  are  all  kinds  of  people  who  were 
active  Christians  a  couple  of  years  ago  who  are  now  very 
nominally  interested.  Are  you  willing  to  carry  that  cross 
literally  until  you  see  Jesus?  So  many  people  get  weak  along 
the  way.  What  makes  you  think  you  are  different?" 

Enough  said,  he  sat  down. 

(Continued  on  Page  19) 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


PHIL  SHEPARD : 
a  Young  Man 

With  a 
Vision 


He  is  dedicated. 
He  is  committed. 

This  twenty-year-old  is  so  intensely  com- 
Itted  to  Christ— and  to  making  Him 
town— that  it  is  refreshing. 

"Did  you  read  the  sign  hanging  over  Phil's 
Isk?"  Scott  asked  as  we  were  getting  in  the 
cr. 

"Yes,"  I  half-answered,  my  mind  busily 
Resting  all  I  had  heard.  How  could  I  miss  it? 
[lis  not  every  college  student  who  has  a  poster 
lie  that  in  his  room.  The  sign  very  simply 
Bjeried: 

3hil,  have  you  exercised  your  body  and  your 
spirit  and  your  mind  and  your  heart  today? 

Love,  Jesus 

•  ffi  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


by  Janie  Jones  Sowers 


That  poster  was  just  one  more  item  that 
pointed  to  his  "specialness,"  the  commitment 
that  almost  seems  to  compel  him. 

You  see,  Scott  and  I  had  gone  to  Raleigh  to 
spend  some  time  with  Phil  Shepard,  a  junior  at 
North  Carolina  State  University.  We  first  met 
Phil  several  years  ago  when  he  was  elected 
vice  president  of  the  State  Youth  Convention, 
we  have  worked  with  him  since  then,  but  we 
came  to  really  know  and  appreciate  him  that 
Friday  several  weeks  ago. 

Phil  did  not  grow  up  in  a  church-going 
family,  and  he  points  to  his  mother's  early 
demise  as  being  a  life-changing  event.  ( She 
died  when  he  was  in  the  fourth  grade.)  He 
learned  early  that  people  cannot  be  taken  for 
granted— and  he  came  to  see  how  close  man  is 
to  death— he  can  die  at  any  age;  he  realized 
man's  need  for  salvation.  Phil  makes  it  quite 
clear  that  God  has  shown  him  these  things  in 
order  that  he  might  "lead  others  to  Jesus." 

Phil  accepted  Christ  as  his  Saviour  in  1977, 
and  he  united  with  First  Church,  Wilson, 
several  years  later.  At  present,  he  is  working 
toward  becoming  a  licensed  minister,  feeling 
that  "God  has  called  me  to  preach  His  gospel." 

At  North  Carolina  State  University,  Phil  is 
very  active  in  Inter- Varsity  Christian 
Fellowship,  a  student  group  which  exists  to 
establish,  assist,  and  encourage  students  and 
faculty  members  who  witness  to  the  Lord  Jesus 
Christ  as  God  Incarnate.  Inter- Varsity  Chris- 
tian Fellowship  seeks  to  lead  others  to  a  per- 
sonal faith  in  Christ,  to  help  Christians  grow 
toward  maturity  as  disciples  of  Christ  through 
Bible  study,  prayer  and  Christian  fellowship. 

The  Inter- Varsity  Christian  Fellowship  also 
presents  the  call  of  God  to  the  world  mission  of 
the  Church,  and  in  so  doing,  helps  Christians 
discover  God's  role  for  them.  One  way  it  does 
so  is  through  the  STEM  (Student  Training  in 
Missions)  program. 


Since  1972,  STIM  has  been  stimulating  stu- 
dent interest  in  world  missions,  and  equipping 
students  to  effectively  communicate  the  gospel 
in  another  culture.  This  program  has  earned  a 
reputation  for  quality— quality  in  students  and 
quality  in  training.  Practical  training  in  com- 
munication across  cultures,  plus  a  first-hand 
introduction  to  missions  as  a  career  gives 
students  an  unparalleled  experience.  This 
training  program  lasts  nine  months.  Par- 
ticipants are  carefully  screened  to  assure 
Christian  maturity,  ministry  ability,  and  poten- 
tial to  handle  the  stress  of  a  foreign  culture. 

Each  student  participating  in  STIM  is  re- 
quired to  raise  part  of  the  STIM  budget  for  the 
year.  The  individual  cost  averages  $3,200, 
which  includes  training,  travel,  room  and 
board,  other  ministry  expenses,  and  overhead. 
The  total  budget  for  the  team  (which  this  year 
consists  of  218  persons)  must  be  met  before  any 
student  leaves  for  an  internship;  this  year's 
deadline  is  May  7. 

Phil  Shepard  has  been  accepted  through 
the  STIM  program  and  will  work  in  cooperation 
with  the  North  Carolina  State  Convention 
Board  of  Foreign  Missions  in  the  Philippines 
this  summer.  This  is  where  Phil  wants  to 
serve.  In  order  to  do  so,  he  needs  to  raise  his 
portion  of  the  STIM  budget:  $3,200. 

I  would  personally  encourage  everyone 
reading  this  to  make  whatever  contribution 
possible  to  this  cause.  Moneys  can  be  sent  to 
the  Foreign  Missions  Board,  Box  38,  Ayden,  NC 
28513,  and  appropriately  earmarked.  But  Phil 
needs  more  than  our  money— he  needs  our 
prayerful  support.  This  young  man  needs  our 
encouragement— now  and  later.  If  you  would 
like  to  contact  him,  his  address  is:  Phil 
Shepard,  1616  Hillsborough,  Raleigh,  NC  27605. 

Several  weeks  ago  Phil  looked  at  me  and 
asked,  "Janie,  will  you  help  me?"  This  ques- 
tion nearly  haunts  me,  for  I  realize  the  poten- 
tial of  one  per- 
son who  has  a 
vision  of  lost 
souls  in  need  of 
a  Saviour;  I  also 
know  that  Phil 
wants  to  be  used 
of  God  to  meet 
this  awesome 
need.  Without 
reservation  I 
whole-heartedly 
respond:  "Yes, 
Phil,  I  promise 
I'll  do  what  I 
can  to  help 
you."  A  friend 
always,  Janie. 


THE  CHRISTIAN  NURTURES, 

;| 

by  Bass  Mitchell 

Part  III:  Nurturing  Through  Equipping  (| 
selves  for  the  Educational  Ministry 

One  of  the  best  things  we  can  do  as  and  1 
teachers  is  to  be  constantly  studying  and 
undergoing  training  to  increase  our  knowled 
and  improve  our  skills  in  Christian  educatio 
When  is  the  last  time  you  read  a  book  or  at 
tended  a  training  class  on  Christian  educati 
Such  training  and  study  will  equip  us  to 
minister  to  our  teachers  and  will  give  them 
added  incentive  to  study  and  undergo  trainii 
We  are  right  back  to  the  matter  of  being  goc 
examples. 

Numerous  opportunities  for  training  are, 
available.  Let  me  share  a  few. 

First,  the  Paul  Palmer  Institute  offers 
many  courses  which  would  be  beneficial  for 
pastors  and  superintendents.  Why  not  conta( 
the  pastors  and  superintendents  in  the  churd 
around  you  and  plan  to  have  some  of  these 
courses  taught  in  your  community?  Frank  H' 
rison,  director  of  the  Institute,  will  be  glad  t< 
work  with  you. 

Second,  the  State  Sunday  School  Conven 
tion  offers  workshops  each  year  on  various  , 
aspects  of  Christian  education.  Also,  it  is  pla; 
ning  to  update  its  certificate  program  to  offe| 
one  especially  for  pastors  and  superintendent 
Contact  Stanley  Jenkins  or  Chris  Singleton  ft 
further  information  on  what  the  Convention  < 
fers. 

Third,  an  opportunity  for  invaluable  trail 
ing  is  open  to  you  every  Sunday  morning. 
Pastors,  what  do  you  usually  do  while  classei 
are  in  session?  With  the  prior  knowledge  of  t 
teachers,  why  not  use  that  time  to  sit  in  on 
classes?  Also,  you  could  arrange  to  teach  or 
team  teach  some  of  the  classes.  Make  it  a  go1 
to  teach  every  class  at  least  once  a  year.  Yoi! 
could  start  with  the  preschoolers  and  go  righf 
through  the  older  adults.  The  practical 
knowledge  and  experience  you  receive  will  bj 
of  enormous  benefit  to  you.  Your  understand]" 
of  and  appreciation  for  teachers  will  be  great' 
increased  as  well ! 

Fourth,  there  is  no  substitute  for  persona 
study  and  reading.  This  includes  books  and  a 
tides  on  Christian  education,  as  well  as  studj 
ing  the  Sunday  school  lesson  each  week.  In  tt 
next  article  I  will  recommend  some  books  an 
resources  which  every  pastor  and  superinten 
dent  should  have  and  read,  and  tell  you  how  1 
obtain  these  resources. 


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HE  EDUCATION  OF  THE  MINISTRY 
I  THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  CHURCH 

by  Dr.  Michael  R.  Pelt,  Professor  of  Religion,  Mount  Olive  College 
(Continued  from  Last  Issue) 


A  Gall  to  Discipline 

ife  have  a  serious  problem  in 
denomination  with  those 
after  receiving  ordination 
that  they  do  not  need  any 
;her  preparation.  How  is  it 
grown  men  can  assume 
I  the  church  needs  what  they 
re  to  offer  as  pastors, 
chers  and  spiritual  advisors 
in  they  are  unwilling  to  sub- 
to  discipline  themselves— 
discipline  of  study  and 
rning? 

bw  much  education  does 
need  to  be  a  minister?  The 
Jfewer  to  that  question 
J|ends  on  what  kind  of  foun- 
■ion  is  needed  to  build  a  life- 
lie  of  ministry.  In  response  to 
l|  question  put  to  him  by  a 
linger  minister,  the  president 
■fie  Southern  Baptist  Conven- 
wi  replied,  "It  doesn't  take 
Ich  foundation  to  build  a 
cken  coop."  Some  have 
shed  high  school  or  even 
pleted  a  year  or  more  in 
ege  and  apparently  see  no 
^d  to  continue  their  educa- 
ii. 

|  jly  observation  is  that  once  a 
r  ,n  is  ordained  and  is  called  to 
wve  as  pastor  of  a  church,  he 
;es  strong  temptation  to  lay 
lis  plans  to  finish  college, 
rose  who  continue  in  school  do 
;  because  they  believe  in  the 
l|erent  value  of  education  for 
I  ministry;  those  who  do  not 
§  seldom  held  accountable  by 
1  churches  which  they  serve, 
left  ministers  only  perpetuate 
v,  conditions  which  allow 
Jim  to  neglect  further  study, 
fey  do  not  build  congrega- 
iwis  which  desire  a  better 
iiicated  ministry. 
i  heavy  responsibility  rests 
t  those  who  have  tried  to  ob- 
m  the  best  education  they 
ilssibly  could,  including 
$ological  training.  Such  men 
ilow   that   the    value  of 

IjlE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


ministerial  education  is  made 
more  evident  by  their  ministry 
or  else  they  give  occasion  for 
those  who  doubt  its  value  to 
question  it  openly.  Those  who 
have  been  fortunate  enough  to 
earn  a  theological  degree  must 
not  wear  their  degree  like  a 
badge  but  reach  out  to  the  least 
of  God's  children  and  nurture 
them  toward  maturity  in 
Christ.  There  is  no  escaping  the 
dictum  that  "to  whom  much  is 
committed  shall  much  be  re- 
quired." 

Four- Year  Program  at 
Mount  Olive  College 

Two  years  ago  a  committee 
was  chosen  representing  the 
various  conferences  and  cer- 
tain boards  of  the  State  Conven- 
tion to  assist  us  in  developing  a 
curriculum  for  the  education  of 
ministers  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege. When  that  committee 
completed  its  work,  ours  was 
the  first  curriculum  plan  to  be 
submitted  to  the  faculty  and  the 
Board  of  Trustees  as  part  of  the 
development  of  a  four-year  pro- 
gram. As  we  offer  the  junior 
year  in  1984-85  we  begin  to  ac- 
tualize the  plans  for  providing  a 
baccalaureate  degree  in 
religion  and  in  church 
ministries. 

There  are  many  of  our 
ministers  who  are  presently 
serving  in  the  churches  who 
need  to  take  advantage  of  the 
educational  opportunities  at 
Mount  Olive.  We  are  trying  to 
identify  them  and  encourage 
them  to  enroll.  We  are  trying  to 
make  it  as  convenient  for  them 
as  possible  by  arranging  upper- 
division  courses  in  religion  on 
Tuesdays  and  Thursdays  and 
other  courses  at  night.  Scholar- 
ships and  other  forms  of  finan- 
cial aid  are  also  being  provided 
to  assure  that  those  who  want  to 
learn  have  that  opportunity. 


We  need  your  help  in 
recruiting  these  persons  for 
further  study  as  well  as  in  iden- 
tifying young  men  and  women 
who  ought  to  consider  a  church 
vocation  and  begin  to  prepare 
for  it. 

RETIREMENT  HOMES 


RELIGIOUS 
CONTRIBUTIONS 
JANUARY,  1984 
Total,  $2,464.87 
ALBEMARLE 

Mount  Tabor  $  50.00 

Sidney  189.11 
Union  Meeting  12.05 
Total  $251.16 


CAPE  FEAR 

Casey's  Chapel 
Total 

CENTRAL 

Aspen  Grove 
Ayden 
Edge  wood 
Hugo 

Ormondsville 
Rose  of  Sharon 
Saratoga 
Sweet  Gum  Grove 
Winterville 
Total 

EASTERN 

Bethel 
Core  Creek 
Deep  Run 
Faith  (Brunswick) 
Grants  Chapel 
Kinston,  First 
Russell's  Creek 
Saints  Delight 
Smith's  New  Home 
Sound  View 
Welcome  Home 
Whaley's  Chapel 
Total 

WESTERN 

Calvary 
Flood's  Chapel 
Free  Union 
Friendship 
Little  Rock 
People's  Chapel 
Piney  Grove 
Pleasant  Hill 
Sherron  Acres 
Union  Number  2 
Watson's  Grove 
Wilson,  First 
Youth  Fellowship 
Total 

STATEWIDE 

St.  Cloud,  First  (Florida) 
Total 


$197.00 
$197.00 


$110.00 
10.00 
5.00 
25.00 
100.00 
50.00 
114.00 
68.25 
20.00 
$502.25 


$100.00 
110.00 
17.04 
2.00 
66.00 
125.00 
5.00 
150.00 
40.00 
100.00 
50.00 
100.00 
$865.04 


$  59.92 
7.00 
25.00 
20.00 
75.00 
25.00 
62.50 
50.00 
20.00 
30.00 
40.00 
155.00 
75.00 

$644.42 


$  5.00 
$  5.00 


News  81  Notes 


THE  LESTERS  TO  BE  IN  CONCERT 


The  Leaters 

The  Lesters,  from  St.  Louis,  Missouri,  will  be  in  concert  at 
Christian  Chapel  Church  on  Sunday,  March  11,  at  11  a.m.  Everyone 
is  invited  to  attend. 

The  Lesters  are  truly  one  of  America's  best  loved,  best  known 
and  most  talented  family  entertainment  groups  today.  They  began 
in  gospel  music  more  than  fifty  years  ago  and  over  the  years  have 
consistently  thrilled  thousands  of  people  all  over  the  United  States, 
Canada,  and  overseas.  "Ain't  God  Good,"  their  first  nationally  ac- 
claimed hit,  was  rated  in  the  top  40  in  gospel  music  by  the  Singing 
News  for  over  17  months  and  was  chosen  as  one  of  the  top  50  songs 
in  the  nation. 


Two  Brothers  Receive  Pins 


Wayne  and  Dwayne  Whitley 

Recently  two  brothers, 
Wayne  and  Dwayne  Whitley, 


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were  presented  their  tenth 
perfect  attendance  Sunday 
school  pins  by  Superintendent 
Tysula  Smith  and  Teacher 
Kathryn  Ricks.  The  presenta- 
tion came  during  the  morning 
worship  service  as  the  entire 
congregation  of  the  First 
Church,  Rocky  Mount,  cele- 
brated with  these  young 
gentlemen  in  their  achieve- 
ment. The  pastor,  the  Rev. 
Mark  S.  Hobbs,  encouraged 
everyone  to  strive  for  their 
special  goals  in  attendance  by 
committing  themselves  in 
Christian  service  to  God  and  to 
our  fellowman. 


Wintergreen  Church  Expect 
A  Great  Revival 

The  Wintergreen  Chur 
Route  1,  Cove  City,  has  revi 
services  scheduled  for  Mai 
19  through  23.  The  time  of 
services  is  7:30  p.m.  The  R 
Jeff  Scarborough,  pastor 
Shady  Grove  Church  n< 
Spivey's  Corner,  will  be 
guest  evangelist.  A  wonder 
time  in  the  Lord  is  expec 
each  night. 

"God  has  rightly  blessed 
Wintergreen  Church,"  repo 
the  Rev.  Mike  Scott,  past 
"Over  the  past  year  we  hsj 
seen  a  notable  increase  in  b<j 
attendance  and  financial  si 
port,  but  what's  more  impj 
tant  is  that  there  has  beer! 
dynamic  spiritual  growth— 1 
power  and  presence  of  God  i 
felt  in  every  service  and 
praise  God  for  this." 

The  pastor  and  congregati 
invite  all  to  attend  this  week 
revival. 

. 

Valentine  Dinner  Held  at 
St.  Mary's  Grove  Church 

Having  enjoyed  sweethe 
banquets  presented  by 
adults  for  several  years, 
young  people  of  St.  Mar 
Grove  Church,  Bens< 
reciprocated  Saturday  eveni 
February  11,  by  presenting 
entire  church  with  a  delicii 
dinner  and  special  entert^ 
ment. 

Under  the  direction  of 
YFA  leaders,  Paula  and  Dar 
Coates,  the  young  peo] 
decorated  the  chur 
fellowship  hall  with  red  s 
white  streamers  extendi 
from  the  center  of  the  ceilinf 
the  outer  walls,  along  with  i 
and  white  flower 
rangements,  candles  and  wh 
tablecloths. 

At  the  conclusion  of  the  me| 
red  velvet  cake  was  served 
dessert  after  which  enterta 
ment  was  presented  by 
youth  auxiliaries.  A  good  tiifi 
was  had  by  all. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTltJ 


Hvival  Services  in  Progress 
]|Robert's  Grove  Church 

e$jtevival  services  are  in  prog- 
iis   through   March   9,  at 
"Ibert's  Grove  Church,  Route 
e|jDunn.  The  evangelist  is  the 
w.  Dean  Kennedy  of  Pink 
.1,    pastor    of  Haymount 
urch,  Fayetteville.  There  is 
;cial  music  each  night.  The 
le  of  the  services  is  7 : 30  p.m. 
'he  pastor,  the  Rev.  Jerry 
en,  and  the  church  member- 
p  ask  that  everyone  be  much 
prayer,  that  many  Christians 
1  rededicate  their  lives  to  the 
rd,  that  many  backsliders 
1  be  reborn;  and  that  many 
lis  will  be  saved  as  a  result  of 
jse  services. 

'he  public  is  invited  to  come 
i  worship  in  the  remainder 
these  services. 


ith  Church  Selects 
liman  of  the  Year 


irenda  Leonard  receives  flower  from 
otherhood  member  of  Faith  Church. 


.The  Faith  Church  in  Leland, 
forth  Carolina,  had  a  Chris t- 
las  party  at  the  Steak  House. 
I|  was  there  that  the  Woman's 
H|ixiliary  of  the  church  elected 
i woman  of  the  year  for  1983. 
'ie  lady  that  they  elected  was 
]pnda  Leonard. 
jBrenda  was  chosen  because 
her  highly  shown  support  of 
le  young  people.  She  is  Youth 
-fiader  for  the  AFC  and  YFA, 
J5  well  as  the  Cherubs.  The 
;|)ung  people  really  love  her. 

Iffi  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Among  the  things  she  did  with 
the  youth  in  1983  was  a  camping 
trip,  and  a  trip  to  visit  the  nurs- 
ing home.  It  was  at  the  nursing 
home  that  the  young  people  had 
fun  singing  songs  and  praying 
with  the  old  people. 

Brenda  is  not  only  active  with 
the  young  people,  she  is  active 
with  the  Woman's  Auxiliary. 
She  also  helps  clean  the  church. 

The  Brotherhood  of  the 
church  helped  the  women  elect 
her.  To  show  their  apprecia- 
tion, the  Brotherhood  presented 
her  a  flower. 

Revival  in  Progress 
At  Hugo  Church 

Revival  services  are  in  prog- 
ress through  March  9  at  Hugo 
Church.  The  time  of  the  ser- 
vices is  7:30  p.m.  The 
evangelist  is  the  Rev.  Francis 
Garner  from  Newport.  There  is 
special  music  each  night.  The 
public  is  invited  to  attend  the 
remainder  of  these  services. 

The  pastor  of  the  Hugo 
Church  is  the  Rev.  Tom  Miller. 
The  church  is  located  on  Route 
2,  Grifton,  one  mile  east  of 
Hugo. 

Piedmont  Women  to  Meet 

The  Piedmont  Woman's  Aux- 
iliary District  Meeting  will  be 
March  17,  at  House  of  Prayer 
Church,  Kernersville. 

Oak  Grove  Church  Has 
Sweetheart  Banquet 

On  Saturday  night,  February 
11,  at  Oak  Grove  Church,  the 
Woman's  Auxiliary  honored  the 
church's  youth  with  a  valentine 
sweetheart  banquet.  This  was 
enjoyed  by  many  youths  and 
adults.  A  special  thanks  goes  to 
Louise  Gardner  and  to  all  the 
ladies  who  helped  prepare  the 
food. 

Piedmont  Conference  Holds 
Quarterly  Meeting 

The  Piedmont  Conference 
held  its  quarterly  meeting  at 
Cathedral  Church  in  Durham 
on  January  28,  1984. 

The  Rev.  Roger  Montsinger 
spoke  for  morning  devotions, 


and  the  Rev.  John  Furr  brought 
the  message  at  the  morning 
worship  hour.  Both  did  a  fine 
job  as  the  services  were  en- 
joyed by  all. 

The  Ordination  Council  met 
and  approved  and  licensed  Ms. 
Doris  Pinyan  from  the  House  of 
Prayer  in  Kernersville  and  Tim 
Stewart  from  Rescue  Church  in 
Thomasville.  They  will  be 
under  the  watchcare  of  the 
church  for  one  year. 

Thanks  go  to  Cathedral 
Church  for  the  fine  hospitality 
and  the  fine  meal  they  served 
at  lunch. 

First  Church  of 
Warsaw  Honors  Pastor 


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The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Foy  Futrelle 

The  First  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church  of  Warsaw  honored  its 
pastor  and  his  wife,  the  Rev. 
Foy  and  Hattie  Futrelle,  on 
their  40th  wedding  anniver- 
sary, January  25, 1984.  The  cou- 
ple was  honored  with  a  recep- 
tion in  the  fellowship  building  of 
the  church.  They  were 
presented  a  salad  server  from 
the  church. 

Revival  in  Progress 

At  Watery  Branch  Church 

Revival  services  are  in  prog- 
ress through  March  9  at 
Watery  Branch  Church,  Route 
2,  Stantonsburg.  The  Rev.  A.  G. 
Smith  of  Kinston  is  the 
evangelist.  The  time  of  the  ser- 
vices is  7:30  p.m.  There  is 
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special  singing  each  night.  The 
pastor,  the  Rev.  C.  M.  Coats, 
and  the  church  membership 
cordially  invite  everyone  to  at- 
tend the  remainder  of  these  ser- 
vices. 

Installation  Service  for  the 
Rev.  Bass  Michael  Mitchell 


The  Rev.  Bass  M.  Mitchell 


In  acts  of  reverence,  friend- 
ship, renewal,  installation,  and 
fellowship,  a  most  fitting  ser- 
vice was  held  for  the  Rev. 
Bass  M.  Mitchell  on  February 
19,  1984,  at  the  Ayden  Church. 

The  call  to  worship— asking 
God  to  hear  their  prayers— was 
brought  by  the  choir,  followed 
by  the  invocation  and  the  pray- 
ing in  unison  of  "The  Lord's 
Prayer." 

The  anthem  by  the  choir, 
"The  Family  of  God,"  was 
presented  after  which  the 
Scripture  lesson,  2  Corinthians 
5:20—6:13,  was  read  by  Ger- 
trude Whitehurst;  and  in- 
troductory thoughts  were 
brought  by  Janice  Butler, 
which  impressed  upon  the  con- 
gregation the  solemn  respon- 
sibility of  the  relationship 
which  they  have  undertaken.  It 
was  also  impressed  upon  the 
group  that  if  they  seek  God's 
guidance  they  will  find  divine 
help  to  carry  through  their  mis- 
sion. 

Ross  Persinger,  mayor  of 
Ayden,  was  an  honored  guest 
bringing   greetings   to  the 

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Mitchells  from  the  town  of 
Ayden  and  the  community.  His 
remarks  of  welcome  were  with 
love  and  encouragement.  Also, 
in  attendance  were  the  parents 
of  the  Mitchell  family. 

The  morning  message  en- 
titled "The  Challenge  and  the 
Willingness  to  Serve"  was 
brought  by  Mary  Alice  Daven- 
port. She  impressed  upon  the 
group  that  a  minister  goes  to  a 
congregation  to  carry  on  many 
responsibilities  and  as  he 
undertakes  the  task  of  leading 
the  church,  he  needs  the  help  of 
every  member  to  achieve  the 
high  goals  that  are  to  be 
reached  by  joint,  sustained  ef- 
fort. The  minister  must  be  free 
to  express  the  Word  of  God,  as 
God  gives  him  the  insight  to  see 
it.  A  minister  is  responsible  to 
God,  but  so  is  the  congregation. 
In  her  closing  remarks,  she 
stated  that  Bass  said:  "Here 
am  I  (Lord) ;  send  me."  Will  we 
be  willing,  when  there  is  a  task 
we  can  do,  to  call  out  to  him: 
"Here  am  I;  send  me?"  Let 
him  be  our  minister,  serving  all 
the  congregation.  Let  him  be 
our  pastor,  sharing  with  us  both 
our  joys  and  our  sorrows.  Let 
him  be  the  spiritual  leader  of 
our  church! 

A  special  musical  selection, 
"The  Lord's  Prayer,"  was 
rendered  by  Angelene  Venters. 

The  solemn  covenant  was 
bestowed  upon  Bass  by  Melvin 
Fussell,  chairman  of  the  board, 
at  which  time  Bass  made  his 
declaration.  He  reaffirmed  his 
ordination  vows  and  pledged  to 
be  a  pastor  to  the  congregation, 
to  nurture  them  in  the  truth  of 
the  Holy  Scriptures,  all  with 
God's  help.  Bass  then 
presented  his  testimony  in  song 
with  "I  Would  Be  True." 

Jesse  Corbett,  Wilson 
Venters,  Nina  Fussell,  and 
Todd  Venters,  representatives 
of  various  areas  of  church 
work,  vowed  pledges  of 
cooperation,  leadership, 
responsibility,  fellowship,  har- 
mony and  love  as  the  family  of 
God.  The  congregation  then 
repeated  the  vow  of  covenant 


affirming  their  membership;! 
Christ's  Church  and  faji 
to  their  Lord  Jesus  ChrA' 
to  cooperate  with  Past 
Mitchell;  and  to  extend  t 
gospel  in  its  purity  and  power 
the  community,  and  to  their 
most  ability,  around  the  wo: 
and  pledging  love  and  supp< 
to  Bass  in  doing  the  work  of  t 
Lord. 

Following  the  prayer  of  : 
stallation,  the  pronounceme 
of  installation  to  Bass  w 
given  by  Chairman  Fussell 
which  time  he  and  Mayor  P< 
singer  extended  the  right  ha 
of  fellowship. 

After  the  presentation  of 
plaque  to  Bass  expressi; 
abiding  love  and  support, 
joined  in  singing  "Blest  Be  t; 
Tie  That  Binds,"  followed  i 
the  benediction  by  Past' 
Mitchell. 

Red  carnations  were  ■ 
sented  to  each  participant.  . 
arrangement  of  red  carnatic 
and  white  daisies  was  placed 
the  church  by  the  Tripp  fam 
in  memory  of  Mrs.  Verni 
Tripp  for  this  special  occasicj 

Evangelistic  Services 
At  Rosebud  Church 

Evangelism  March  '84  is 
special  evangelistic  effort  t 
ing  place  during  the  month 
March  at  Rosebud  Church, 
7:30   p.m.,    each  Wednesc 
evening.  The  speakers  for  ' 
series  will  be  the  Rev.  Buc 
Sasser,     Pleasant  Gro 
Church,  Pikeville,  on  March 
the    Rev.    Walter  Suttc 
Macedonia  Church,  Ernul, 
March   14;    the   Rev.  T. 
Farmer,  Tee's  Chapel  Chur 
Smithfield,  on  March  21;  a 
the  Rev.  Robert  May,  Hick( 
Chapel  Church,  Ahoskie, 
March  28.  There  will  be  spec 
singing  each  night.  This  is 
ing  sponsored  by  the  Roset 
Woman's  Auxiliary. 

Rosebud  Church  is  local 
just  off  Highway  301,  north 
Wilson,  near  the  Firestc 
Plant. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTl[] 


SONG  AND  PUPPET  SERVICE 
SCHEDULED  AT  MARLBORO  CHURCH 


"The  Carroll  Puppets 


The  Gospelaires" 


"The  Gospelaires"  and  "The  Carroll  Puppets"  of  Roanoke 
lipids  will  be  the  featured  guests  at  the  evening  worship  service  at 
nrlboro  Church  on  Sunday,  March  11.  These  groups  will  present 
i  gospel  by  means  of  their  vocal  and  puppetry  skills. 

Marlboro  Church  is  located  on  Highway  264,  near  Farmville, 
ifa  is  pastored  by  the  Rev.  Scott  Sowers.  The  congregation  joins 
n  in  extending  everyone  a  cordial  invitation  to  join  them  in  this 
[•vice.  The  service  will  begin  at  7  p.m. 


REEDY  BRANCH  CHURCH  NAMES  FELLOWSHIP  HALL 


The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson 


r  m  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


The  people  of  Reedy  Branch 
Church,  Winterville,  are  proud 
of  their  pastor  and  his  wife,  the 
Rev.  and  Mrs.  Willis  Wilson,  for 
the  "20"  wonderful  years  they 
have  given  the  church  as  a 
team. 

They  came  to  the  church  in 
October,  1963.  As  a  diligent 
worker  Mr.  Wilson  has  led  the 
church  onward  and  upward. 
The  people  of  Reedy  Branch 
have  had  many  changes  in  the 
church  facilities  in  the  past  20 
years.  The  educational  building 
was  made  larger  and  many 
other  remodeling  projects 
have  been  completed. 

In  1976,  a  fellowship  hall  was 
added  to  the  grounds.  On  Sun- 
day, November  6,  1983,  during 
homecoming  service  there  was 
a  burning  of  the  mortgage  on 
the  fellowship  building.  The 
building  was  dedicated  and 
named  the  Wilson  Fellowship 
Hall. 

The  board  set  the  month  of 
November  to  be  Willis  Wilson 
month.  Many  of  the  members 
had  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wilson  to  eat 
with  them.  They  received  gifts 
and  cards.  The  climax  for  the 
month  was  a  covered  dish  lunch 
the  last  Sunday. 

In  February,  the  Woman's 
Auxiliary  sponsored  a  covered 
dish  supper  to  honor  Mrs. 
Wilson  and  congratulated  her 
on  her  retirement  after 
teaching  30  years  in  the  public 
school  system. 

Mrs.  Wilson  is  treasurer  of 
the  Woman's  Auxiliary.  She  is 
the  librarian  for  the  church 
library.  She  also  makes  the 
orders  for  the  Sunday  school 
materials. 

Reedy  Branch  is  really 
blessed  and  proud  to  have 
Willis  and  Jean. 


COMING  EVENTS 

March — Entire  Month  Desig- 
nated by  the  State  Conven- 
tion as  Foreign  Missions 
Month 

March  7 — Ash  Wednesday 
(Continued  on  Page  19) 

9 


Woman's  Auxiliary  I 

ATTENTION 
NC  WOMAN'S  AUXILIARIES 

The  1984  session  of  the  North 
Carolina  Woman's  Auxiliary 
Convention  will  convene  on 
Thursday,  May  10,  in  College 
Hall  at  Mount  Olive  College, 
Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina. 
Each  auxiliary  should  repre- 
sent with  one  delegate  for  each 
25  members  or  fraction  thereof, 
plus  a  registration  fee  of  $10. 

Many  auxiliaries  mail  their 
registration  fee  m  advance. 
This  is  a  good  thing  to  do,  as  it 
saves  the  delegate  the  trouble 
of  handling  the  money.  Also,  in 
the  event  something  happens  at 
the  last  minute  to  prohibit  your 
representing  in  person,  your 
auxiliary  is  registered  as  hav- 
ing represented. 

IMPORTANT:  Please  mail 
your  fee  before  April  25,  if 
possible,  so  that  I  will  be  able  to 
get  the  list  prepared  and 
delivered  to  the  convention 
registration  committee  for  use 
on  the  morning  of  May  10.  If 
you  cannot  possibly  attend, 
please  mail  your  fee  anyway, 
as  the  convention  needs  your 
support.  Mail  your  fee  to  the 
following  address:  Mrs.  Ray- 
mond T.  Sasser,  State 
Treasurer,  517  Westover 
Avenue,  Wilson,  North  Carolina 
27893. 

Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser 


WOMAN'S  AUXILIARY  OF 
DURHAM  CHURCH  INSTALLS  OFFICERS 


CENTRAL  DISTRICT 
Woman's  Auxiliary  Convention 

Dear  Auxiliary  Women  of  the 
Central  District: 

Spring  is  almost  here  and  it's 
time  for  our  Spring  Convention. 
Our  meeting  will  be  held  at  Or- 
mondsville  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church  on  March  24,  1984, 
located  eight  miles  west  of 
Ay  den,  just  off  Highway  903  at 
Ormondsville.  Registration  fee 
is  $10.  You  are  entitled  to  one 
delegate  per  25  members— or 
fraction  thereof.  Please  mail  in 
advance  all  contributions,  ex- 
cept the  two  special  offerings 


The  Woman's  Auxiliary  of  First  Church,  Durham,  recently  installed  its  198^1 
ficers.  A  wonderful  program  was  prepared  by  Mrs.  Jane  Johnson.  The  new  officii 
are  as  follows  (left  to  right) :  Betsy  Grogran,  benevolence  chairman;  Jane  Johns] 
vice  president;  Gertrude  Gornto,  president;  Ruby  Yeatts,  treasurer;  Bertie  Marl 
flowers  chairman;  Debbie  Slaughter,  secretary;  Doris  McGhee,  program  chm 
man;  Cindy  Clifton,  Children's  Home  chairman;  and  Eunice  Morris,  missions  cha\\ 
man. 


we  ask  you  to  bring  to  the  con- 
vention, to  Mrs.  Martha  Pitt- 
man,  Route  1,  Box  24,  Stan- 
tonsburg,  North  Carolina  27883. 
Also  send  in  your  Life  Member- 
ship Awards  for  this  meeting. 
A-l  auxiliaries  are  to  be 
recognized  at  this  meeting. 

MISSIONS-  Each  auxiliary  is  re- 
quested to  bring  $25  to  our  convention ; 
$20  is  for  our  state  mission  projects  and 
$5  for  our  Central  Conference  Missions. 
Foreign  Missions  World  Mission  Con- 
ference and  Rally  will  be  March  9,  on 
campus  of  Mount  Olive  College.  Plan  to 
attend.  March  25  is  Telethon  Sunday 
and  Day  of  Prayer  for  World  Missions. 

CRAGMONT:  Bring  your  talents  to 
the  convention.  This  offering  along  with 
your  mission  offering  will  be  brought  to 
the  altar  as  we  have  the  roll  call.  Ear- 
mark your  checks. 

YOUTH:  Our  next  Youth  Meeting 
will  be  held  on  Saturday,  March  17,  at 
Marlboro.  This  will  be  an  all-day 
meeting.  Our  State  Youth  Convention 
will  be  May  18-20  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege. Field  Day  will  be  held  on  April  28 
at  La  Grange.  The  Youth  project  is  the 
portable  stage  for  College  Hall;  each 
church  is  asked  to  donate  $100.  If  you 
need  someone  for  a  Sunday  night  ser- 
vice see  Joan  Little  and  she  will  be  able 
to  help  you. 

CHILDREN'S  HOME:  We  have  30 
children  on  campus. 

RETIREMENT  HOMES:  $20  per 
year. 


: 


ANNA  PHILLIPS  FUND:  Supp< 
this  fund  so  we  can  help  our  youth  cc 
tinue  their  education. 

MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE:  $20 
needed  for  the  dishwasher  which  shoi 
be  paid  for  in  May. 

Please  share  this  letter  with  yo 
auxiliary  members.  We  look  forward 
seeing  you  at  this  convention. 

Yours  in  Ch 
Wallie  Hargro 
Missions  Chairmi 


WOMAN'S  AUXILIARY  OFf 
FIRST  CHURCH,  DURHAM^ 
HAS  PROJECT 

The  members  of  tM 
Woman's  Auxiliary  of  the  Fir' 
Church,  Durham,  are  alwa^ 
looking  for  ways  to  help  tr 
church.  They  started  a  projei* 
to  replace  the  carpet  and  d<' 
cided  to  do  something  differen 
They  crowned  Amy  Slaughte( 
daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sta'' 
Slaughter,  as  the  queen,  anfl 
Christopher  Dickerson,  son  c[ 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  Dickersor 
as  king. 

Both  children  put  on  the! 
crowns  and  took  their  little  coi 
tainers  and  went  around  co 
lecting  pennies.  If  their  detei 
mination  is  any  indication  (f 

(Continued  on  Page  19) 


10 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISl 


hildren's  Home 

"THE  TRAUMA 
OF  SEPARATION" 


Imagine   yourself  suddenly 
latched  from  every  person  on 
irth  that  you  have  known,  and 
ansported  to  a  foreign  coun- 
y!  The  people  you  see  are 
jmplete  strangers.  The  place 
u  are  living  in  is  unfamiliar 
d  threatening.  The  distance 
(•om  anything  that  represents 
Bimiliarity  seems  to  be  remote- 
ly infinite.  The  rules  are  new 
■id  confining  in  your  percep- 
Ipn.  How  would  you  react? 
P  These  are  the  things  that  our 
lewly  admitted  children  face, 
lonsequently,   these   are  the 
|tings  that  our  Child  Care  Staff 
members  face.  How  are  we  to 
leal   adequately   with  the 
Itrauma   of  separation?" 
Ibparation  from  the  familiar 
find  secure  (whether  imaginary 
if  real)    can  be  potentially 
ipvastating.  This  is  why  our 
rogram  must  include  formal 
ij-aining  such  as  that  offered 
ijirough  the  University  of  North 
Carolina   at  Chapel   Hill  by 
f.roup  Child  Care  Consultant 
vlsrvices. 

»jOn  February  1  and  2,  Larry 
7eese  represented  the  Univer- 
ijty  of  North  Carolina  in  con- 
tacting seminars  on  "Separa- 
tion" and  "The  Group"  on  the 
Ijimpus  of  the  Children's 
lome.  These  seminars  are  part 
C:  the  larger  Basic  Course  for 
tfertification  of  Residential 
ipild  Care  Workers.  Mr.  Weese 
las  had  actual  experience  in 
Miild  Care  as  well  as  the  ability 
fl  communicate  the  theories  of 
;*actice  that  go  into  the  im- 
plementation of  Child  Care 

IHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


work.  There  will  be  two  more 
seminars  in  March,  which  will 
include  the  Basic  Course. 
Through  training  like  this  and 
wisdom  from  a  God  who  never 
fails,  we  can  be  instruments  in 
helping  to  mold  lives  that  will 
be  useful  to  themselves,  society 
and  God! 

TRANSPORTATION  COMES 
IN  DIFFERENT  SHAPES 


Recently  the  Home  received 
four  golf  carts,  two  of  which 
were  for  use  for  parts  replace- 
ment. These  carts  were 
donated  by  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Charles  Wainright  of  Little's 
Nursery,  Greenville,  North 
Carolina.  They  had  at  one  time 


used  the  carts  in  their  nursery 
business.  The  carts  are  being 
repaired  and  will  be  used  in 
maintenance  and  recreation 
around  campus.  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Wainright  are  members  of 
Bethany  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church,  Route  1,  Winterville, 
North  Carolina.  We  wish  to 
thank  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wainright 
for  thinking  about  the 
Children's  Home  and  for  this 
donation. 

CYCLO-GRAPH  DONATED 

We  would  like  to  give  special 
thanks  to  Mrs.  Evelyn  Rhodes 
of  the  Reedy  Branch  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church,  Winterville, 
North  Carolina,  for  her  recent 
contribution  of  a  Cyclo-graph 
for  use  in  our  Educational 
Center.  This  educational  tool 
will  be  most  helpful  and  is 
sincerely  appreciated.  We  also 
would  like  to  thank  Mrs.  Rebec- 
ca Davenport,  who  brought  the 
Cyclo-graph  to  the  Home  for 
Mrs.  Rhodes.  Thank  you, 
ladies! ! ! 


SNOW  DAY  FUN 


Yes,  school  ended  early  as  the  ground  began  to  be  covered  with 
wonderful  snow.  The  children  wasted  no  time  in  dressing 
themselves  for  the  occasion  and  getting  outside.  It  was  a  time  for 
snow  ball  fights,  snowmen  and  rolling  in  the  white  stuff.  Sure  it  was 
cold,  but  who  cared?  After  all,  it  doesn't  snow  that  often.  The  ex- 
citement of  the  snow  and  the  joy  of  getting  out  of  school  stirred  the 
child  that  is  in  all  of  us.  Well,  the  next  day  the  snow  was  almost 
gone  and  it  was  back  to  school,  but  each  will  remember  the  joy  of 
chilled  hands  and  feet— and  simply  smile.  Who  knows,  it  just  might 
snow  again ! ! 

11 


DATE:  MARCH  9,  1984 
(That's  This  Week!) 
PLACE:  MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 
SPONSOR:  BOARD  OF  FOREIGN  MISSIONS 


Dr.  William  Bennett,  guest  speaker  for  the  day, 
pastors  the  First  Baptist  Church,  Fort  Smith,  Arkan- 
sas. He  is  an  outstanding  Bible  and  missions  con- 
ference speaker. 


9:30-  9:55 
10:00-11:30 

11:30-11:45 
11:45—  1:00 
1:00-  2:30 


CONFERENCE  PROGRAM 
Daytime  Sessions— Downtown  Campus 

9:00—  9:30   Prayer  for  Conference  and  Rally  (for  early 
arrivers) 

Coffee  and  Donuts 

"Will  Those  Who've  Never  Heard  the  Gospel 
Go  to  Hell?"  (Dr.  William  Bennett) 
Question  and  Answer  Session 
Lunch  Break,  Cafeteria  open 
"World  Missions,  The  Pastor  and  the  Local 
Church"  (Dr.  William  Bennett) 
2:30—  2:45  Break 
2:45—  4:00   Film,  "First  Fruits" 
5:30—  7:00   Banquet,  price,  $4.50 

All  who  attend  the  seminars  will  receive  a  complimen- 
tary copy  of  Missionary  Education  Helps  for  the  Local 
Church. 

Ushers— Members  of  the  State  Layman's  League 
Song  Leader— The  Rev.  Norman  Ard 
Pianist— Mrs.  Maria  Ham 
Recording— The  Rev.  David  DeHart 


! 


RALLY  PROGRAM 
College  Hall- 7:30  P.M. 

Prelude,  Maria  Ham 

Congregational  Hymn,  Page  21,  "We've  a  Story  to  Tell" 
Welcome  and  Remarks,  the  Rev.  Harold  Jones 
One  Minute  of  Silence  to  Remember  the  late  Rev.  C.  F. 
Bowen 

Prayer,  the  Rev.  Henry  Armstrong 
Special  Music,  "The  Damascus  Way" 
Testimony,  Phil  Shepard 
Offering  and  Prayer,  the  Rev.  Wayne  King 
Congregational  Hymn,  Page  22,  "Till  the  Whole  World 
Knows" 

Commissioning  Service,  the  Rev.  Gary  Bailey 
Testimony,  Lydia  and  Willem  van  der  Plas 
Introduction  of  Speaker,  the  Rev.  Harold  Jones 
Special  Music,  JoAnn  Pennington,  Guyla  Evans,  and  Alice 
Hines 

Message,  Dr.  William  Bennett 

Invitational  Hymn,  Page  18,  "Where  He  Leads  I'll  Follow" 
Benediction,  the  Rev.  Marvin  Waters 
Postlude,  Maria  Ham 


There  will  not  be  a  registration  fee  for  the  Conference.  An  offering  will  be  received  during  the 
Rally  to  cover  the  expenses  for  the  Conference  and  help  pay  for  the  van  der  Plas  Family's  trip  to 
the  Philippines.  Remember  this  as  you  give. 

Tapes  of  all  sessions  will  be  available. 
The  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  will  provide  a  book  display  where  books 
on  missions  and  other  subjects  of  interest  can  be  purchased. 

EVERYONE  IS  INVITED  TO  ATTEND! 
COME,  AND  BRING  A  LARGE  NUMBER  FROM  YOUR  CHURCH. 


12 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


EMANUEL  THE  SAVIOUR  TEMPLE 


Biographical  sketch  of  the  conversion  of  Brother  Camilo 
Fjieda  (age  39) : 

Brother  Camilo  was  converted  last  August.  Before  conversion, 
wanted  nothing  to  do  with  the  gospel  of  our  Lord.  In  fact,  he  was 
a  enemy  of  all  those  who  professed  faith  in  Christ.  He  was  a 
fciatic  believer  of  one  of  the  idols  which  is  worshiped  here  in  Mex- 
U\,  El  Nino  Fidencio. 

But  in  one  of  our  revival  campaigns,  after  much  talking  to  him, 
Lord  touched  his  heart  in  such  a  way  that  he  was  truly 
fckisformed;  and  he  became  a  new  creature  in  the  Lord.  Now  he  is 
ajaithful  servant  of  God.  As  he  once  mightily  defended  his  faith  in 
toils,  he  now  as  forcefully  testifies  of  his  new  life  in  Christ  Jesus  to 
t?se  who  are  still  in  idolatry.  We  have  seen  in  the  course  of  these 
Ipnths  that  the  life  of  our  brother  has  grown  in  the  Lord  and  reaf- 
f  ms  every  day  his  conviction  to  serve  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ. 

Brother  Camilo  Pineda  of  Piedras  Negras,  Mexico,  is  a  Chris- 
tin  today,  BECAUSE  OF  YOUR  SUPPORT  FOR  FOREIGN  MIS- 
fONS. 

TO  GOD  BE  THE  GLORY 
GREAT  THINGS  HE  HAS  DONE! 


IIN  MORE  IN  '84 

I  lethon  Theme:  World  Missions  and  You. 


WORLD  MISSIONS 
AND  THE  BD3LE 

The  Bible  gives  us  the  "Man- 
ate"  for  world  missions. 

Jesus  gave  the  Great  Com- 
mission in  Mark  16:15,  "Go  ye 
fito  all  the  world,  and  preach 
le  gospel  to  every  creature." 
Ie  expects  us  to  obey  His  corn- 
hand. 

We  cannot  escape  it. 
'  The   Bible    gives    us  the 
'Message"  for  world  missions. 

The  message  is  "the  good 
ews  that  Jesus  Christ  died  for 
ur  sins  and  was  raised  from 
lie  dead  according  to  the  Scrip- 
ures,  and  that  as  the  reigning 
..ord,  He  now  offers  the 
^rgiveness  of  sins  and  the 
jberating  gift  of  the  Spirit  to  all 
vho  repent  and  believe." 

!HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


We  must  take  this  message  to 
the  ends  of  the  earth. 

The  Bible  gives  us  the 
"Model"  for  world  missions. 

"The  word  became  flesh,  and 
dwelt  among  us"  (John  1:14). 
He  (Jesus)  came  in  the  flesh  to 
reveal  the  divine.  He  did  this 
without  compromising  His 
Lordship.  We  must  identify 
with  the  lost  people  of  the  earth, 
without  compromising  our 
identity  as  Christians.  We  must 
humble  ourselves  and  become 
servants  of  others  in  order  to 
lead  them  to  Christ. 

Jesus  is  our  model,  let's 
follow  Him. 

The  Bible  gives  us  the 
"Power"  for  world  missions. 

Paul  said:  "For  I  am  not 
ashamed   of   the   gospel  of 


Christ:  for  it  is  the  power  of 
God  unto  salvation  to  everyone 
that  believeth."  Acts  1:8  tells 
us  that  we  will  receive  power  to 
witness.  We  have  a  powerful 
message,  and  the  power  to 
deliver  it. 
God  help  us  to  be  obedient. 

TELETHON  SUNDAY 
IS  MARCH  25. 
World  Missions  depends  on  you. 
What  you  do  is  important! 
CALL  AND  REPORT 
YOUR  MISSIONS 
OFFERING  BETWEEN 
1:30  and  5:30  P.M. 
PHONE  (919)  746-4963 


A  PERSONAL  THANK  YOU 

I  have  mailed  over  a  hundred 
cards  thanking  people  for  their 
kindness  and  love  shown  to  me 
and  my  family  during  the  death 
of  the  Rev.  C.  F.  Bowen. 

However,  there  were  some 
things  done  and  given  that  I  had 
no  name  or  address  for.  Please 
accept  this  public  "thank  you" 
as  a  loving  thought  and  ap- 
preciation coming  from  us  dur- 
ing a  time  that  you  meant  so 
much  to  us. 

Please  pray  for  us  and 
especially  for  me  because  I 
have  so  many  decisions  to 
make.  It  is  really  lonesome 
after  being  together  for  almost 
fifty  years,  lacking  three 
months,  but  I  know  with  your 
prayers  and  God's  help  I  can 
make  it.  Thank  you  again. 

Rose  and  Jeff  Bowen 


ANNOUNCEMENT 
Services  will  begin  March  11, 
1984,  for  Winterville  Church  in 
the  new  building  located  on  the 
corner  of  Glendale  Avenue  and 
East  Cooper  Street  in  Winter- 
ville. The  congregation  will  be 
meeting  in  the  fellowship  hall 
for  worship  services  until  the 
sanctuary  is  completed. 

The  Rev.  Ed  Taylor,  Pastor,  and 
Congregation 

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Mount  Olive  College 

MOC  RECEIVES  GIFT 

Li 


* 


James  H.  Babb,  left,  manager  of 
Sears  in  Goldsboro,  North  Carolina,  is 
shown  presenting  to  President 
W.  Burkette  Raper  of  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege an  unrestricted  gift  in  the  amount 
of  $500  from  the  Sears-Roebuck  Foun- 
dation. 

Mount  Olive  is  one  among  93b  private 
accredited  institutions  across  the  coun- 
try which  are  sharing  in  $1,575,000  in 
Sears  Foundation  grants  for  the  1983-8Jf 
academic  year. 

CORRECTION  ON  NEW 
CREATIONS'  SCHEDULE 

The  New  Creations  will  pre- 
sent a  program  of  gospel  music 
and  personal  testimony  at  the 
Trinity  Church,  Beaufort  Coun- 
ty, on  Sunday,  April  15,  at  the  11 
a.m.  worship  service.  The  date 
was  incorrectly  listed  in  the 
February  8  issue  of  The  Free 
Will  Baptist. 


CALVIN  MERCER  TO 
SPEAK  IN  SMITHFIELD 

Calvin  Mercer,  professor  of 
Religion  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege, will  speak  at  the  First 
Church  in  Smithfield,  Sunday 
night,  March  11.  The  service 
begins  at  7  p.m. 

The  Rev.  Leonard  Woodall  is 
interim  pastor  of  the  church. 
Mercer  and  his  wife,  Marilyn, 
reside  in  Smithfield. 


Now  is  a  good  time  to  renew 
your  subscription  to  The  Free 
Will  Baptist. 


SEATING  PROJECT  FOR  COLLEGE  HALL  CONTINUES/^ 
GOAL  FOR  800  CHAIRS  REACHED 

One  of  the  primary  purposes  of  College  Hall  is  to  serve  as  a  c 
vention  center  for  Original  Free  Will  Baptists.  The  main  floor  \ 
accommodate  2,000  people  (800  in  convention  chairs  and  1.20C 
bleacher  seats). 

The  campaign  to  raise  gifts  of  $50  each  for  the  chairs  has  g( 
over  the  top.  By  February  27  gifts  for  830  chairs  had  been  receiv 
The  gifts  above  800  chairs  will  be  applied  on  the  bleacher  seats,  a 
the  campaign  for  seating  will  continue  until  the  entire  seating  pr 
ect  has  been  underwritten. 

The  cost  of  sponsoring  a  bleacher  seat  is  $100.  Gifts  and  pledd 
for  315  of  these  seats  have  already  been  received.  Donors  may  c<| 
tribute  the  full  $100  for  a  bleacher  seat  or  co-sponsor  it  for  $1 


Nameplates  will  be  put  on  the  bleacher  seats  to  recognize 
donors  and  those  in  whose  honor  or  memory  they  are  given. 


DONORS  FEBRUARY  14-27 


Donors 


Number 
of 
Chairs 


In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Louie  Langdon  Austin  (Age  101) 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  L.  B.  Woodall  Jr.,  Princeton 
In  Memory  of  Oscar  Webster 

By  Mrs.  Laura  C.  Webster,  Oscar  J.  Webster,  James  N. 

Webster  and  Ruth  E .  Olszweiski,  Pinetown 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  John  R.  Lee 

By  Bethel  Sunday  School,  Four  Oaks 
Mrs.  Catherine  Daniels,  Goldsboro 
In  Memory  of  Anne  Hester  Bryan 

By  Northeast  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Dalma  West 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  M.  D.  West,  Dunn 
In  Honor  of  the  Music  Department  of  the  First  Church  of  Tar- 

boro 

By  Goodwill  Circle  of  First  Church  of  Tarboro,  Tarboro 
In  Honor  of  Gayle,  Larry  and  Michelle  Congleton 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  David  Hill,  Stokes 
In  Honor  of  Sharon,  Clyde  and  Lisa  Dickens 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  David  Hill,  Stokes 
Howell  Construction  Company,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Craig  Simmons 

By  First  Church  of  Wilson  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Wilson 
In  Memory  of  Annie  Dupree 

By  Kenneth  Dupree,  Smithfield 
Western  District  Woman's  Executive  Committee:  Donna  Hol- 
land, Ruth  Hinton,  Esther  Barnes,  Nancy  Duncan,  Alma 

Dale,  Suzanne  Coates,  Nadine  Crocker,  Iris  Pittman  and 

Patsy  Vick 
Mrs.  Octavia  Edwards,  Pine  Level 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hilton  G.  Gurganus 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  H.  Gurganus,  Newport 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  W.  H.  Quinn 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  H.  Gurganus,  Newport 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  David  E.  Manning 

By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  R.  Taylor,  Middlesex 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  T.  C.  Farmer 

By  Tee's  Chapel  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Smithfield 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Ralph  Sumner 

By  Bridgeton  Church,  Bridgeton 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Ralph  Sumner 

By  Bridgeton  Church,  Bridgeton 
Young  People  Fellowship  Class  of  Piney  Grove  Church,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  Willie  H.  Beville 

By  Mr.  J.  P.  Watson,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Leslie  Hawley 

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onor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Donald  Coates 
By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Dalton  Lee,  Selma 
emory  of  Tom  Brown  and  Jack  Warren 
By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Joe  Averette,  Greenville 
Memory  of  E.  L.  Jones 

By  E.  L.  Jones  Scholarship  Fund  of  Howell  Swamp 
Woman's  Auxiliary,  Walstonburg 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  Rod  Jones 

By  Ladies  Auxiliary  of  Saint  Mary's  Grove  Church,  Benson 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Rod  Jones 

By  Ladies  Auxiliary  of  Saint  Mary's  Grove  Church,  Benson 
stside  Church,  Kinston 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Effie  Skinner 

By  Ormondsville  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Ormondsville 
Memory  of  Tom  West 
By  Estell  West,  Plymouth 
diMemory  of  the  Rev.  Willie  Stilley 
ayj  By  Pilgrim's  Home  Church,  Kinston 
[qj,  j  Memory  of  Comillos  Jackson  Liverman 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Howard  Liverman,  Columbia 
1Ze '  Ion  Grove  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Fremont 
Honor  of  Lena  C.  Harrelson 
By  the  Rev.  Neil  Harrelson,  Whiteville 
Memory  of  Ezra  Floyd  Harrelson 
By  the  Rev.  Neil  Harrelson,  Whiteville 
Honor  of  Mrs.  Mary  Stokes 

By  Edgewood  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class,  Maccles- 
field 

Vlemory  of  Rosalee  Harrell 

By  Edgewood  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class,  Maccles- 
field 

Memory  of  Claude  Hinnant 


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By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Thomas  L.  Craft  Jr. 
IHonor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Bill  Futch 
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,  konor  of  the  Rev.  Norman  W.  Ard 
j  By  Mrs.  Margaret  Vause  Ard,  Pink  Hill 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  Bass  M.  Mitchell 

j,  j  By  Celia  Hart  Garris  Woman's  Auxiliary  of  Ayden  Church, 
,;;  Ayden 

.Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ed  Jones 
,  By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ralph  E.  Jones,  Beulaville 
jl|Honor  of  Advance  Bible  Class  of  Spring  Hill  Church 
By  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  William  L.  Dale,  Goldsboro 
IHonor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  K.  Bryan  Jr. 
J !  By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
iHonor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  D.  Murray  Sr. 

.  By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
iHonor  of  Mrs.  Mary  Phillips  and  Thad  Miller 

!  By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
: Honor  of  Mrs.  Lettie  Tyndall 

By  Mrs.  Lloyd  Vernon,  Mount  Olive 
IHonor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Joe  Kelly 
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jlijs.  Anne  P.  Jackson,  Beulaville 
vs.  Virginia  P.  Quinn,  Beulaville 

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Ballard 


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j  By  Edna  H.  Frazier,  Snow  Hill 
LMemory  of  Joseph  William  Frazier  Jr. 
-  By  Edna  H.  Frazier,  Snow  Hill 
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THE  DEATH  PENALTY : 
A  ONE-HOUR  FORUM 

The  Death  Penalty:  A  One- 
Hour  Forum  will  be  held  at 
Mount  Olive  College 
Auditorium,  11  a.m.,  on  March 
29,  1984.  Admission  is  free  and 
open  to  the  public. 

The  increasing  number  of  ex- 
ecutions nationwide  has  again 
called  attention  to  the  question 
of  capital  punishment.  The  re- 
cent case  of  James  Hutchins 
has  focused  interest  on  this 
issue  in  North  Carolina.  It  is  a 
controversial  issue  that  calls 
forth  definite  and  oftentimes 
highly  charged  opinions.  To 
foster  healthy  public  debate  on 
the  question,  a  forum  will  be 
held  on  the  above  date.  Arguing 
for  the  principle  of  capital 
punishment  will  be  Douglas 
Jacobs,  District  Attorney, 
Eighth  Judicial  District.  Dr. 
Calvin  Mercer,  professor  of 
Religion  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege, will  present  the  case 
against  the  death  penalty.  Each 
presenter  will  have  twenty 
minutes.  A  question  and 
answer  period  will  follow.  Ken 
Dilda,  Mount  Olive  College  Pro- 
fessor of  Social  Sciences,  will 
moderate. 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 


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Family  Devotion^ 


SUNDAY, 
MARCH  11 

Scripture  Beading— Deuteronomy  29-31 

COURAGE,  MY  BOY! 
A  cheerful,  encouraging  word,  spoken  by  an 
English  naval  officer,  saved  a  youthful  sailor 
from  disgrace  and  dishonorable  discharge.  The 
sailor  was  only  fourteen  years  old.  During  a 
fierce  engagement  with  an  enemy  ship,  the 
volleys  from  a  number  of  firearms  so  frightened 
the  sailor  that  he  trembled  and  almost  fainted. 
The  officer,  seeing  him,  came  close  beside  him 
and  said,  "Courage,  my  boy!  You  will  recover  in 
a  minute  or  two.  I  was  just  like  you  when  I  went 
into  my  first  battle!"  Afterward  the  young  man 
said,  "It  was  as  if  an  angel  had  come  to  me  and 
given  me  new  strength ! ' ' 


Only  a  word  of  kindness, 

But  it  lightened  one  heart  of  its  grief; 
Only  a  word  of  sympathy, 

But  it  brought  one  soul  relief! 
Only  a  word  of  gentle  cheer, 

But  it  flooded  with  radiant  light 
The  pathway  that  seemed  so  dark  before, 

And  it  made  the  day  more  bright!" 

MONDAY,  19 
MARCH  14 

Scripture  Reading— Deuteronomy  32-34 

A  LITTLE  PUSH  AND  PULL 
A  little  push  when  the  road  is  steep 

May  take  one  up  the  hill  ; 
A  little  prayer  when  the  clouds  hang  low 

May  bring  the  soul  a  thrill  ; 
A  little  lift  when  the  load  bears  down 

May  help  one  to  succeed; 
A  little  pull  when  the  will  slows  down 

May  help  one  gain  his  speed. 

A  little  clasp  from  a  hand  that's  kind 

May  lift  from  crushing  care ; 
A  little  word  from  a  voice  that's  sweet 

May  save  one  from  despair; 
A  little  smile  when  the  heart  is  sad 

May  bring  a  sunbeam  in; 
A  loving  word  when  the  spirit  droops 

May  help  one  rise  and  win. 


A  little  love  for  a  soul  that's  lost 

May  help  him  seek  God's  grace; 
A  little  tear  and  a  "God  bless  you" 

May  brighten  someone's  face; 
A  little  deed  from  a  Christian's  heart 

May  bless  a  weary  soul; 
A  little  boost  when  the  battle's  hard 

May  take  one  to  his  goal. 

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Scripture  Beading— Joshua  1-3 

GOD'S  "LARGE  PLACE"  FOR  YOU 
When  a  famous  preacher  arises,  swaying  1 
crowds,  one  by-product  is  that  some  of  his  c< 
temporaries  begin  to  imagine  that  they  must 
out  of  God's  will  or  not  filled  with  the  Spii 
because  they  are  not  achieving  similar  resul 
But  God  is  sovereign.  He  chooses  men  for  spec 
tasks,  and  if  one  hits  the  headlines,  that  is 
reflection  on  the  host  of  little-known  ones.  I 
Spirit  divide th  severally  as  He  will.  A  counl 
preacher  ministering  to  two  hundred  people  m 
be  as  Spirit-filled  to  his  capacity  as  was  Moo< 
Moody  had  around  him  many  lesser  lights  w 
helped  him  in  his  work,  who  filled  their  orbits 
well  as  he  filled  his.  And  what  would  the  "bii 
preacher  do  without  the  help  of  the  "small  fry! 
Seek  neither  more  nor  less  than  God's  will  SI 
you.  Do  not  compare  yourself  with  men  above  I 
below  you  in  station,  lest  you  become  depress! 
or  exalted.  Simply  find  His  place  for  you  a  J 
happily  serve  Him  there. 


Anywhere  He  puts  you  is  a  "large  place". 

WEDNESDAY,  ^ 
MARCH 

Scripture  Beading— Joshua  4-6 

NEVER  MIND! 
Sometimes,  when  nothing  goes  just  right, 

And  worry  reigns  supreme, 
When  heartache  fills  the  eyes  with  mist, 

And  all  things  useless  seem, 
There's  just  one  thing  can  drive  away 

The  tears  that  scald  and  blind— 
Someone  to  slip  a  strong  arm  'round 

And  whisper,  "Never  mind." 

No  one  has  ever  told  just  why 

Those  words  such  comfort  bring; 
Nor  why  that  whisper  makes  our  cares 

Depart  on  hurried  wing. 
Yet  troubles  say  a  quick  "Good-day," 

We  leave  them  far  behind 
When  someone  slips  an  arm  around 

And  whispers,  "Never  mind." 


But  love  must  prompt  that  soft  caress — 

That  love  must,  aye,  be  true 
Or  at  that  tender,  clinging  touch 

No  heart  ease  come  to  you, 
But  if  the  arm  be  moved  by  love, 

Sweet  comfort  you  will  find 
When  someone  slips  an  arm  around, 

And  whispers,  "Never  mind!" 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIJ 


TUESDAY,  1  o 
MARCH  L6 


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URSDAY, 
|[ARCH 


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flripture  Reading— Joshua  7,  8 

MANY  ARE  WAITING! 
The  writer  was  visiting  among  the  sick  in  the 
j|eat  Presbyterian  Hospital  in  Chicago.  Going 
lis  c|om  bed  to  bed,  he  spoke  for  his  Master,  Jesus. 
iUS(|ghtfall  was  just  coming.  The  lights  in  the  great 
Spjkrd  had  not  yet  been  turned  on.  Coming  to  the 
esuj  id  of  an  aged  child  of  God,  he  introduced 
spec  mself  and  spoke  kindly  to  the  sufferer.  Tears  of 
t  is  atitude  welled  in  her  eyes  as  she  exclaimed, 
s  i  )h,  I  was  just  lying  here,  praying  that  God 
ount  3Uld  send  someone  to  speak  some  words  of 
leJieer  and  encouragement!"  Her  prayer  is 
(Jroical  of  the  prayers  of  multiplied  thousands  in 
tsJe  streets,  in  the  homes,  in  the  hospitals— 
very  where! 


fij 
ill!: 
love : 
ress ! 


Oh,  that  my  tongue  might  so  possess 
The  accent  of  Christ's  tenderness 
That  every  word  I  breathe  should  bless! 
For  those  who  mourn  a  word  of  cheer, 
A  word  of  hope  for  those  who  fear, 
And  love  to  all  men,  far  and  near. 
Oh,  that  it  might  be  said  of  me, 
"Surely,  thy  speech  betrayeth  thee, 
A  friend  of  Christ  of  Galilee!" 


''RID  AY, 
IARCH 


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,'  ripture  Reading— Joshua  9,  10 

IT  ISN'T  ENOUGH! 

isn't  enough  to  say  in  our  hearts 

That  we  like  a  man  for  his  ways, 
\.  isn't  enough  that  we  fill  our  minds 

With  paeans  of  silent  praise ; 
or  is  it  enough  that  we  honor  a  man, 
As  our  confidence  upward  mounts, 
;'s  going  right  up  to  the  man  himself, 
And  telling  him  so,  that  counts! 

I  a  man  does  a  work  you  really  admire, 

Don't  leave  a  kind  word  unsaid 
b  fear  that  to  do  so  might  make  him  vain 

And  cause  him  to  "lose  his  head." 
!ut  reach  out  your  hand  and  tell  him, 

"Well  done,"  and  see  how  his  gratitude 
swells ; 

isn't  the  flowers  we  strew  on  the  grave, 
It's  the  word  to  the  living  that  tells. 


//  you  have  a  tender  message, 

Or  a  loving  word  to  say, 
Don't  wait  till  you  forget  it, 
But  whisper  it  today! 

'HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


SATURDAY, 
MARCH 


17 


Scripture  Reading  — Joshua  11-13 

IT'S  A  SHAME! 

A  Christian  young  man  left  his  home  in  the 
country  and  got  a  job  in  a  city  office.  "By  God's 
help,  I'll  live  a  clean,  consistent  life  before  the 
people  with  whom  I  work,"  he  resolved.  Some 
professing  Christians  made  sarcastic  remarks 
about  him.  "He's  narrow,"  they  said. 

A  man  in  the  office,  who  did  not  profess  to  be 
a  Christian,  greatly  admired  the  young  man  for 
his  courage.  He  said,  "Stick  to  what  you  believe, 
sonny.  Keep  it  up! " 

The  young  man  thought  much  about  those 
encouraging  words.  "It  is  a  shame,"  he  thought, 
"that  Christians  often  gossip  about  one  another 
instead  of  trying  to  help  one  another  in  the  Chris- 
tian walk.  Here  is  a  man  of  the  world  giving  me 
encouragement  to  continue  in  the  Christian  life 
at  all  costs." 


How  much  better  and  brighter  the  world 
would  be  if  more  Christians  were  using  their 
tongues  to  help  others  and  not  hinder  them. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


WITNEY  THE  HOBO 

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For  March  11 

JESUS  USES 
HIS  POWER 

Lesson   Text:    Mark  4:37-41; 
5:35-43 

Memory  Verse:  Mark  5:36 

The  most  influential  man  on 
that  board  of  officers  was  the 
quietest.  But  when  he  cleared 
his  throat  and  asked  for  the 
floor  in  a  meeting,  the  others 
listened.  His  motions  and 
presentations  were  seldom 
overruled,  for  this  Christian 
elder  and  attorney  knew  what 
he  was  talking  about.  His  words 
carried  authority  because  his 
accomplishments  had  demon- 
strated spiritual  power  in  his 
own  life  and  in  the  market- 
place. 

Power  and  authority  are  so 
closely  related  that  the  same 
New  Testament  Greek  word  is 
translated  sometimes  as 
"power,"  sometimes  as 
"authority."  Yet  in  Jesus,  as  in 
our  common  use  of  the  words, 
we  see  a  distinction  between 
them.  Jesus  exercised  power 
over  the  natural  world,  over 
demons,  and  over  the  illnesses 
that  plagued  mankind.  They  all 
yielded  to  His  touch  and  His 
Word,  without  argument  and 
without  delay.  That  demonstra- 
tion of  power  over  things 
established  His  right  to  authori- 
ty over  persons.  He  taught  with 
authority  and  He  commanded. 
Yet  no  hearer  was  compelled  to 
obey.  "If  a  man  love  me,"  He 
said,  "he  will  keep  my  words" 
(John  14:23).  The  Lord 
respected  the  freedom  of  per- 
sonality. 

How,  then,  should  the  Word 
be  rendered  in  Matthew  28:18? 
Was  Jesus  claiming  "all 
power,"  as  the  King  James 
Version  says,  or  "all 
authority,"  as  most  of  the 
newer  translations  say?  It  is 
true  both  ways!  He  showed  the 
force  and  the  ability  to  control 
wind   and   wave,  demon, 


disease,  and  death.  This  is  con- 
vincing evidence  that  He  also 
has  the  right  to  command  and 
be  obeyed  in  matters  human 
and  spiritual. 

Jesus'  ministry  in  Galilee 
was  nearing  its  climax.  From 
among  His  disciples  He  had 
chosen  the  twelve,  "that  they 
should  be  with  him,  and  that  he 
might  send  them  forth  to 
preach"  (Mark  3:14).  That 
called  for  a  special  teaching 
program  in  which  the  twelve 
would  hear  His  words  to  the 
multitudes,  and  then  in  private 
sessions  He  would  explain 
things  not  yet  clear  to  them. 
One  such  occasion  took  place 
beside  the  Sea  of  Galilee,  as 
Jesus  sat  in  a  fisherman's  boat 
and  taiiglit  the  crowds  gathered 
on  the  shore  (Mark  4:1-34;  Mat- 
thew 13:1-53). 

The  day's  teaching  left  Jesus 
weary,  seeking  privacy  and 
rest.  So  He  directed  the 
disciples  to  take  their  boat,  and 
Him  in  it,  across  the  lake  to  the 
rugged  eastern  shore  near  the 
pagan  town  of  Gadara.  Mark, 
drawing  his  information  from 
the  Apostle  Peter,  supplies  the 
detail  that  other  boats  followed 
them. 

The  events  that  followed 
serve  well  the  purpose  of 
Mark's  Gospel,  to  show  his 
power-loving  Roman  readers 
the  surpassing  power  of  God's 
Son.  It  was  a  power  not  only  to 
heal  the  sick  and  to  cast  out 
demons  but  also  to  control  the 
forces  of  nature  and  to  thwart 
the  stroke  of  the  "grim 
reaper,"  even  death.  There  is  a 
quality  almost  of  raw  force 
about  what  Jesus  did,  quite  dif- 
ferent from  what  is  found  in 
most  of  His  ministry. 

In  our  youth  we  often 
responded  to  some  grand  pro- 
nouncement with  a  cynical,  "So 
what?"  The  question,  however, 
is  not  necessarily  cynical.  It 
can  ask  soberly  and  seriously, 
"What  does  this  mean  to  me? 
What  am  I  to  do  about  it?" 


What  shall  we  do  about  t 
power  of  Christ,  so  amazing 
demonstrated  in  the  stilling 
the  storm  and  the  raising 
Jairus'  daughter?  Our  first  ar 
right  response  is  awe  ar 
reverence,  like  that  of  til 
apostles,  recognizing  in  HiJ 
something  far  more  the 
human  qualities.  Then  we  lo(| 
at  the  kind  of  power  E 
displayed  — always  gentl 
always  helpful,  always  savin 
to  those  around  Him— and  vj 
respond  with  grateful  lovl 
Furthermore,  we  see  that  H' 
power  went  beyond  anythir 
expected  or  requested  of  Hit 
The  apostles  pled  for  safety  I 
the  storm;  the  Lord  remove 
the  storm  entirely.  Jain' 
besought  healing  for  his  sic 
daughter;  Jesus  brought  In 
back  from  death.  He  is  indee' 
"able  to  do  exceeding  abui; 
dantly  above  all  that  we  ask  <! 
think"  (Ephesians  3:20).  V 
can  trust  Him,  then,  to  kno' 
and  to  do  more  for  us  than  4 
know  how  to  ask.  Our  rei 
sonable  response  is  loving  obi 
dience  to  Him  who  has  sj 
grandly  demonstrated  His  rigl 
to  speak  and  be  heard.  To  H 
committed  followers  the  al 
powerful  Christ  assures  as  E 
assured  Jairus,  "Be  not  afraiy 
only  believe"  (Mark  5:36; 
— Standard  Lesson  Commei] 
tary 

SOUND  FAMILIAR? 

"How  is  it  that  you  a^l 
always  so  cheerful?"  a  frier| 
asked  Bishop  William  Bur| 
"The  remark  of  a  little  child^ 
once  heard  taught  me  tn 
uselessness  of  grumbling  ar| 
complaining.  The  child's  fatluj 
was  a  good  man,  but  a  chronl 
complainer.  As  I  sat  with  then 
in  their  home,  the  subject  < 
food  came  up.  'What  do  I  litii 
best?'  the  father  asked  h| 
daughter.  'You?  Why,  Dadd;|| 
you  like  mostly  everything  v|l 
haven't  got!'  " 

— Select*! 


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EDITORIAL 

(Continued  from  Page  2) 


s 

lit 

Zil 

But  he  was  right.  Deciding  to  follow  Jesus  and  doing  it  are 
wo  different  things.  A  lot  of  people  decide  to— they  just  never 
;et  their  act  together.  You  see,  following  Jesus  is  a  total  life- 
tyle  decision.  It's  a  total  kind  of  commitment— not  something 
ve  try  on  when  convenient.  It  involves  all  of  our  possessions, 
ur  life  goals,  abilities,  and  spheres  of  influence. 

I  personally  feel  this  is  one  of  our  major  problems.  Once 
/e  come  to  grips  with  the  matter  of  commitment  we  can  bet- 
er  examine  the  status  of  our  church  and  denomination. 
The  problems  that  we  face  as  a  denomination  cannot  be 
aAorked  through  until  we  are  committed.  I  realize  that  all  of 
hose  in  our  ranks  will  not  perceive  our  potential,  all  will  not 
atch  a  glimpse  of  the  vision  of  what  we  can  become.  Then 
gain,  many  are  so  satisfied  with  things  as  they  are,  they  will 
tlMot  come  to  grasp  with  the  fact  that  "business  as  usual"  will 
lean  the  demise  of  our  blessed  church  within  twenty  years. 

We  will  consider  the  present  status  of  our  denomination 
nd  some  means  whereby  change  might  be  wrought  next 
/eek.  In  the  meantime,  consider  the  condition  of  your  own 
fe:  how  committed  are  you? 

"Think  of  the  snowflakes  it  takes  to  make  a  ski  slope! 
hink  of  the  drops  of  water  it  takes  to  fill  the  sea!  Think  of  the 
aliocks  it  takes  to  build  a  mountain!  Think  of  the  leaves  it  takes 
3  clothe  a  tree!  Think  of  the  grains  of  sand  that  line  the 
eaches!"  The  little  things  combine  to  make  something  big. 
km  'ou  and  I  can  effect  change  in  our  church  and  in  the  world, 
fill  we,  or  don't  we  care? 

(The  fact  remains:  I  sing  better  in  a  group.) 


at 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  15) 

lonor  of  Bertha  P.  Silverthorne 
By  Waverly  and  Mae  Nunnally,  Richmond,  VA 
r<|M:emory  of  William  W.  Silverthorne 

By  Waverly  and  Mae  Nunnally,  Richmond,  VA 
itemory  of  William  W.  Silverthorne 
lonor  of  Mrs.  Bertha  P.  Silverthorne 
By  Their  Family 
/lemory  of  Marion  Leroy  (Roy)  Parker 
;By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  C.  D.  Hooks,  Mount  Olive 
■konor  of  the  Rev.  Henry  Armstrong 
II  By  Pleasant  Hill  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Pikeville 
■ionor  of  Mrs.  Henry  Armstrong 
If  By  Pleasant  Hill  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Pikeville 
■ro  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Micro 
lily  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Kenly 
I  Total 


1 
1 
1 

1 

1 

1 

2 
1 

88  $4,400 


50 
50 
50 

50 

50 

50 

100 
50 


ATTENTION 
EASTERN  DISTRICT  WA 

t's  that  time  again!  Our 
•ing  convention  meets  March 
at   Smith's   New  Home 
urch,     Kinston,  North 
rolina.    It's   located  on 
fikhway  258,  11  miles  south  of 
Piston. 


A  special  invitation  is  cor- 
dially extended  to  all  ministers 
and  leaders  of  our  denomina- 
tional enterprises. 

Plan  now  to  attend  and  make 
this  our  best  convention  ever! 

Mrs.  Rena  Kirk,  President 
Mrs.  Mildred  Jenkins,  Vice  President 


WOMAN'S  AUXILIARY 

(Continued  from  Page  10) 


Amy  Slaughter  and  Christopher 
Dickerson 

the  kind  of  workers  they  will  be 
when  they  grow  up,  a  lot  of  ac- 
complishments will  really  take 
place.  They  collected  $227.50. 

COMING  EVENTS 

(Continued  from  Page  9) 

March  9 — Foreign  Missions 
Conference  and  Commis- 
sioning Service  for  the  van 
der  Plas  Family,  College 
Hall,  Mount  Olive  College 

March  10 — Piedmont  Youth 
Convention,  10  a.m.,  East 
Rockingham  Church 

March  10 — State  League  Con- 
vention, 9:30  a.m.,  Beaver- 
dam  Church,  near  Chad- 
bourn 

March  17 — Central  Youth  Con- 
vention, 9:30  a.m.,  Marl- 
boro Church 

March  17 — Eastern  Youth  Con- 
vention, 9:30  a.m. 

March  18 — Second  Sunday  in 
Lent 

March  19— Pee  Dee  Youth  Con- 
vention, 7:30  p.m. 

March  20— First  Day  of  Spring 

March  22 — Eastern  District 
Woman's  Auxiliary, 
Smith's  New  Home  Church 

March  2k~ Western  Youth  Con- 
vention, 9:30  a.m.,  Calvary 
Church 


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h 


T*  he  van  der  Plas  Family  will  leave  the  Raleigh-Durham  Airport  on  March  16, 
1984,  bound  for  the  Philippines.  Let's  have  all  the  needed  funds  for  the  Palawan 
Bible  Institute  Printing  Department  Building  at  that  time ! 

The  Foreign  Missions  Department  has  been  requesting  funds  for  the  construction  of 
this  facility  since  last  March.  As  of  this  printing,  the  Department  still  needs  $7,176.30. 

The  building  area  will  be  1,840  square  feet  and  the  construction  cost  is  figured  at  $15 
a  square  foot.  This  building  is  considered  to  be  one  of  the  greatest  needs  on  the  field  at 
this  time.  The  equipment  which  will  be  used  in  the  printing  operation  presently  sits  idle 
in  crates  while  people  are  dying  without  the  gospel. 

As  Free  Will  Baptists,  we  have  done  many  things  during  the  past  year— but  we  have 
not  met  this  need.  Let's  do  so  before  the  van  der  Plas  Family  leaves  the  States. 


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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 


Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   5 

Mount  Olive  College   7 

Children's  Home  9 

Foreign  Missions  10 

Cragmont  Assembly  11 

Family  Devotions  12 

Sunday  School  Lesson  14 

Volume  99  Number  10 


March  14,  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 

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Editorial  ■■■■■■■■■■i^H^Hi^^^B 

It  Is  Up  to  Us!  I 

"I  want  my  church  to  grow! " 

There  is  just  no  telling  how  many  times  I  have  heard  thai 
comment  made. 

The  second  most  popular  query  I  hear  is:  "Why  doesn'1 
the  (Free  Will  Baptist)  Church  grow?" 

Well,  to  be  quite  honest  with  you,  this  question  has  in- 
trigued pastors,  philosophers,  church  leaders,  and  lay  people 
for  centuries.  Anyone  who  believes  in  church  growth  as  an 
ultimate  expression  of  Christian  outreach  and  discipleship  I 
asks  this. 

"I  want  my  church  to  grow  .  .  ."is  repeated  over  and  over 
again  by  our  generation,  a  generation  which  sees  its  past  and 
future  being  overwhelmed  by  the  present.  Church  growth  is 
the  goal,  ambition,  dream  of  people  the  world  over. 

Strange  thing  though,  when  things  are  progressing  well, 
no  one  seems  to  ask  why,  who  is  responsible,  or  how.  It  is  only 
when  things  become  stagnant  that  interest  develops. 

Whenever  a  church  is  growing,  it  must  be  mirrored  i 
against  the  example  of  the  New  Testament  church:  "By  the 
miracle  of  her  own  life,  she  is  an  exemplary  community,  a* 
model  of  what  human  society  should  be."  The  New  Testament 
church  was  born  of  the  Spirit;  it  was  an  instrument  of  the 
Spirit  which  grew  rapidly— from  about  30  people  at  the  Cross 
to  120  in  the  Upper  Room,  to  more  than  3,000  on  the  Day  of 
Pentecost.  The  Early  Church  grew  from  a  lonely,  provincial 
|  body  to  the  boundaries  of  civilization  in  300  years.  Thei 
members  of  this  church  charged  full  strength  ahead  with  un-i 
precedented  power,  confronting  people,  government  and 
religious  resistance  .  .  .  and  their  faith  turned  the  world  upsidef 
down. 

As  they  traveled  from  Jerusalem  to  Rome— and  even 

beyond— these  Christians  projected  the  varied  and  total 

ministry  of  the  Lord:  they  healed  the  sick,  comforted  those; 
i    with  sorrows,  discipled  the  newly  converted,  established  andt 

developed  churches,  evangelized  the  lost.  They  were  not; 
i  afraid  to  cross  all  barriers— racial,  economic  and  social— to? 
j    pray,  praise,  worship,  fellowship,  evangelize,  disciple,  andi 

minister  in  the  name  of  Jesus  Christ. 

The  Early  Church  was  conceived  of  mission,  nurtured  as\ 

mission,  empowered  by  the  Holy  Spirit  to  be  on  mission.  These! 

Christians  reached  out  from  their  home  base,  grounded  ini 

God's  love  as  disclosed  supremely  in  the  Cross.  The  Early! 

Church  had  as  its  mandate  the  Great  Commission;  its! 

message  was  triumphant:  joy,  hope,  peace,  love,  and  abun-l 

dant  life. 

The  mandate  and  message  have  not  changed— they  are 
j    ours  today. 

j  Applying  them  in  the  confrontation  and  penetration  of 
society  by  believers  stands  as  our  responsibility.  And  if  the 
church  is  threatened  by  survival,  it  is  because  it  has  failed  to 
accept  its  mandate  or  proclaim  its  message. 

We  need  to  discover  afresh  the  wonder  and  the  power  and  | 
the  glory  of  the  gospel— therein  lies  the  church's  reason  for  ex- 
isting; therein  lies  our  opportunity  for  sustained,  honest, 

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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTII 


The  Making  of  Disciples 
(Ministry  of  the  Sunday  School) 

by  Marice  DeBruhl 


A  friend  recently  confided  to  me  that  she 
Ijlt  her  church  was  failing  in  its  primary 
ifsponsibility  to  its  people.  I  was  astonished  at 
Ijr  statement  as  I  knew  that  this  particular 
Hurch  was  experiencing  phenomenal  growth 
4  the  result  of  a  very  successful  media 
ijinistry.  She  went  on  to  explain  that  people 
^re  being  added  to  the  church  in  large 
limbers ;  were  in  attendance  for  the  morning 
^prship  services  and  gave  liberally  of  their 
ijfiancial  means  but  were  not  involved  in  the 
wk  of  the  church— were  not  receiving  biblical 
laining  or  being  nurtured  in  the  faith.  In 
recapitulation  she  added  "we  are  adding 
rjembers  but  failing  to  make  disciples." 

This  conversation  caused  me  to  reflect 
Don  the  ministry  of  my  own  church  and  to 
^aluate  its  success  in  the  making  of  disciples. 
Ijjuickly  realized  that  the  most  effective  tool 
Jjr  reaching  this  goal  is  the  Sunday  school  and 
fat  realization  put  the  ball  squarely  in  my 
ourt  as  I  began  to  gain  new  insight  of  my 
i|sponsibility  as  a  Sunday  school  teacher— my 
ijsponsibility  to  help  my  students  reach  their 
III  potential  as  Christians  and  to  train  them  to 
1  ke  their  places  in  the  church.  I  began  to 
sssess  my  strengths  and  weaknesses  as  a 
|  lacher  of  adults  and  to  establish  goals  for 

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myself  and  my  class.  I  realized,  too,  that  this 
responsibility  for  making  disciples  is  shared  by 
the  church  and  Sunday  School  Convention  as 
well  as  the  local  teacher  and  that  it  is  only  in 
working  together  as  teacher,  church  and  Con- 
vention that  we  can  hope  to  achieve  success.  A 
three-part  outline  began  to  emerge  in  my  mind 
as  I  thought  of  the  role  each  should  play  in 
building  a  successful  Sunday  school  and  I 
would  like  to  share  my  thoughts  with  the  hope 
that  my  concerns  might  be  your  concerns  as 
we  look  together  at  the  teaching  ministry  of  the 
Sunday  school. 

The  Teacher's  Role 

We  should  view  our  role  as  teachers  as  a 
very  special  commitment  to  God  to  serve  Him 
through  teaching  His  Word.  When  we  stand 
before  our  class  without  being  adequately 
prepared,  we  have  failed  in  our  commitment  to 
Him  and  to  our  church.  As  teachers  we  must  be 
willing  to  spend  time— blocks  of  time— in 
preparation.  Many  times  this  is  not  easy  as  we 
feel  pressure  from  other  sources  and  find 
ourselves  being  pulled  in  many  different  direc- 
tions, but  I  am  convinced  that  successful 
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teaching  is  the  result  of  adequate  preparation 
and  that  we  must  give  this  top  priority  in 
allocating  our  time. 

I  like  to  begin  my  preparation  one  week  in 
advance  by  reading  the  lesson  on  the  preceding 
Sunday  to  familiarize  myself  with  the  Scripture 
and  lesson  goal.  This  is  more  or  less  like  plac- 
ing the  material  in  my  own  personal  memory 
bank  to  be  recalled  during  the  week  when  some 
event  or  circumstance  reminds  me  of  the 
lesson.  Usually  by  the  end  of  the  week  I  have 
formulated  some  definite  ideas  with  regards  to 
the  lesson  presentation  and  I  am  then  ready  to 
begin  serious  research  and  study.  This  is  ac- 
complished in  several  early  morning  sessions 
when  I  am  alert  and  not  hindered  by  outside  in- 
terruptions. I  end  my  preparation  by  briefly 
reviewing  my  notes  early  on  Sunday  morning. 

This  type  of  preparation  works  best  for  me. 
Some  other  method  may  be  more  effective  for 
you;  experiment  with  several  methods,  but  let 
your  prime  concern  be  adequate  preparation.  If 
we  love  God— if  we  love  those  we  feel  called  to 
teach— then  we  must  appear  before  them  with 
something  to  share. 

There  are  many  other  aspects  of  the  role  of 
teacher  that  I  feel  are  of  vital  importance  such 
as  sharing  the  interests  and  concerns  of  our 
students ;  showing  them  that  we  love  and  care 
for  them  as  individuals  and  want  to  help  them 
grow  spiritually  and  to  achieve  success  in  their 
Christian  lives.  There  is  no  substitute  for  car- 
ing. I  am  convinced  that  more  people  are  won 
through  being  loved  than  through  any  other 
method. 

The  Role  of  the  Local  Church  (Sunday  School) 

It  is  from  the  church  that  we  receive  our 
best  list  of  prospects  for  visitation.  I  feel  that 
the  church  should  work  very  closely  with  the 
Sunday  school  in  a  vital,  active  visitation  pro- 
gram that  will  reach  the  unchurched  and  help 
the  Sunday  school  grow.  Sunday  school  growth 
enhances  church  growth.  The  two  go  hand  in 
hand. 

I  believe  that  a  second  concern  of  the 
church  should  be  to  supervise  the  selection  of 
materials  to  be  used  in  the  Sunday  school.  This 
is  perhaps  best  accomplished  through  the  work 
of  the  Sunday  school  council,  comprised  of  of- 
ficers and  teachers  of  the  school.  For  many 
years  our  church  used  the  same  materials 
without  any  evaluation  as  to  their  usefulness  or 
without  any  effort  to  determine  other  valuable 
helps.  This  is  an  area  we  are  addressing  at  the 
present  time. 

A  third  contribution  I  feel  the  church  can 
make  to  the  teaching  ministry  of  the  Sunday 
school  is  in  providing  a  well-stocked  library  of 
books  and  materials  that  will  aid  the  teacher. 
Many  teachers  do  not  have  access  to  these 

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helps  in  the  home  and  could  greatly  benefit  , 
from  a  good  church  library. 

The  Role  of  the  Sunday  School  Convention  i 

I  feel  that  the  Sunday  School  Convention 
has  a  great  opportunity  to  serve  our  people  ai 
also  a  tremendous  responsibility  to  provide  in 
centive  for  growth.  The  Sunday  school 
workshops  sponsored  by  the  Paul  Palmer  In- 
stitute have  been  very  helpful  and  well  at- 
tended by  our  people.  Perhaps  these  worksho] 
should  be  expanded  and  enlarged  upon  with 
emphasis  placed  on  strategic  concerns  of  the 
teaching  ministry  of  the  church.  Other  course,  i 
could  be  offered  which  would  be  very  helpful  1 1 
teachers  and  which  I  believe  would  be  of  grea 
interest.  One  of  the  community  colleges  in  oui 
area  recently  offered  a  course  entitled  "Carta 
in  the  Christian  Community"  and  we  had  six 
teachers  from  our  church  who  made  the 
twenty-mile  drive  each  week  in  order  to  take 
advantage  of  the  course.  The  course  dealt  wit 
all  phases  of  caring— from  hospital  and  nursir 
home  visits— to  crisis  situations  such  a  ter- 
minal illness,  death  and  divorce.  This  type  of 
instruction  is  very  helpful. 

I  also  believe  the  Convention  can  aid  the 
teacher  by  providing— perhaps  on  an  annual 
basis— a  one-or  two-day  training  session  for 
teachers  and  officers  of  the  Sunday  school.  I  I 
would  hope  the  session  would  include  two  im-  i 
portant  elements:  (1)  seminars  that  would  pW 
vide  an  environment  conducive  to  the  sharing 
of  ideas  and  concerns  as  they  relate  to  the  Sui| 
day  school  and  (2)  instruction  by  competent  | 
personnel  who  possess  creative  ideas  and  the 
ability  to  motivate  people.  I  know  that  I  grow  , 
"stale"  from  time  to  time  and  suffer  from  ( 
"teacher  burnout"  and  I  feel  that  other 
teachers  suffer  from  this  malady  and  could 
also  benefit  from  this  type  of  program. 

A  third  area  in  which  I  feel  the  Convention 
can  benefit  the  teacher  is  by  providing— again 
on  an  annual  basis— a  list  of  resource  materia, 
to  be  used  in  connection  with  the  particular  j 
lesson  series  and  to  keep  the  teacher  informed 
of  new  helps  that  might  become  available. 
Perhaps  a  committee  from  the  Convention 
working  with  representatives  of  the  Press  coii 
accomplish  this  goal. 

These  are  merely  the  thoughts,  ideas  and 
musings  of  one  teacher— one  teacher  who  is 
constantly  in  search  of  new  and  better  ideas  U 
be  used  in  fulfilling  her  commitment  to  the 
teaching  ministry  of  her  church.  I  realize  that 
have  barely  scratched  the  surface  of  what  I 
view  as  a  tremendous  challenge— a  challenge 
to  build  bigger  and  better  Sunday  schools  and 
in  a  more  personal  sense  to  aid  in  the  building 
of  disciples.  May  God  bless  us  as  we  work 
together  toward  this  goal. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


News  &  Notes 


EASTERN  DISTRICT  WOMAN'S  AUXILIARY  CONVENTION 


Kinston 


—Special  Music,  the  Rev.  A.  B. 

Bryan,  Host  Church 
—Convention  Message,  Mattie  Lou 

Link,  Greenville 
—Benediction  and  Blessing 
—Announcements,  the  Rev.  A.  B. 

Bryan,  Host  Pastor 
12:00— Lunch 


\  Highway 

I   \  ™  New  Bern 

r  cisboro  \ 


I  Smith's  New 
Home  Church 

.  Vbout  11  miles  South  of  Kinston  on 
t  Ighway    #258.    This    is  Kinston- 
r  (icksonville  Highway.  Church  is  on 
It. 

ijThe     Eastern  District 
I  f Oman's  Auxiliary  Convention 
Trail  be  held  on  March  22,  1984, 
1  |  Smith's  New  Home  Church, 
eep  Run.  The  theme  will  be 
Witnessing  in  His  Power." 
he  Scripture  will  be  taken 
lorn  Acts  1:8.  The  scheduled 
1  jrogram  is  as  follows : 

MORNING  SESSION 
:  30— Registration 
:  55— Prelude 
':  00— Hymn 

—Welcome,    Verdie   Hill,  Host 
Church 

i    —Response,  Agnes  Garner,  Holly 
Springs  Church 
—Special  Music,  Connie  Morris, 

Vanceboro 
—Devotions,    Virginia  Skinner, 
I  I  Arapahoe 

—President's  Remarks,  Rena  Kirk 
—Business  Session 
■  I    —Camp  Vandemere  Report,  Nina 
Grace  Register,  First  Church, 
f  Kinston 
,  —Hymn 

—Offering  and  Prayer 
—Reports 
25— Chorus,  "Jesus  in  Me  Loves 
You" 

C  tffi  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


AFTERNOON  SESSION 
1:00— Chorus  Time  with  Deborah  King 
—Prayer 
—Reports 

1.  Free  Will  Baptist  Press,  Dola 
Dudley 

2.  Superannuation,  Mildred 
Hansley 

3.  Youth,  Aileen  Hawley 

4.  Cragmont,  Velma  Morris 

5.  Mount  Olive  College,  Happy 
Taylor 

6.  Missions,  Deborah  King 

7.  Children's  Home  and  Retire- 
ment Homes,  Jeanette  Lefler 

—Miscellaneous  Reports  and  Busi- 
ness 

—Treasurer's  Report 
—Benediction 
2:00— Adjourn 

Pianist,  Host  Church,  Maria  Ard  Ham 
Song  Director,   Host  Church,  Annie 

Ruth  Parrish 
Ushers,  Host  Church 

Upcoming  Events  at 
Tee's  Chapel  Church 

The  Melody  Masters  Trio  will 
be  performing  at  Tee's  Chapel 
Church  on  Sunday  evening, 
March  18,  at  7  p.m. 

Revival  services  will  begin 
on  Sunday,  March  25,  at  7  p.m. 
and  will  continue  through 
March  29.  Monday  through 
Thursday  services  begin  at  7 : 30 
p.m.  The  Rev.  Floyd  Cherry 
will  be  the  guest  evangelist. 
The  pastor  of  Tee's  Chapel 
Church  is  the  Rev.  T.  C. 
Farmer.  The  church  is  located 
8  miles  east  of  Smithfield  on 
rural  road  1107  (Brogden 
Road).  Everyone  is  invited  to 
attend  these  services. 

Revival  Services  at 
Bethany  Church 

The  Rev.  Steve  Hargrove, 
pastor  of  Elm  Grove  Church, 
will  be  the  visiting  evangelist 
for  revival  services  at  Bethany 


Church  near  Winterville, 
March  18-23.  Services  will 
begin  each  evening  at  7:30.  In 
addition  to  the  gospel  messages 
there  will  be  a  program  of 
special  music  each  evening.  A 
cordial  invitation  is  extended  to 
the  public  to  attend. 


Pleasant  Grove  Church 
Has  Sweetheart  Banquet 


The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Ted  Bryant 


The  members  of  Pleasant 
Grove  Church  of  Erwin  held 
their  woman's  auxiliary  Valen- 
tine sweetheart  banquet  on  Fri- 
day, February  17,  in  the  church 
fellowship  hall.  They  also 
celebrated  the  birthdays  of  the 
pastor,  the  Rev.  Ted  Bryant, 
and  his  wife,  Gail. 

The  banquet  was  opened  with 
Scripture  reading  and  personal 
testimony  by  Janice  Lucas. 
Ronnie  Hayes  offered  grace  for 
the  meal. 

A  variety  of  foods,  served 
buffet-style,  was  prepared  by 
the  auxiliary  members.  Lib 
McLamb  made  the  ar- 
rangements for  the  dinner. 

After  dinner,  Ann  Vann  and 
Janice  Lucas,  program 
chairmen,  presented  three 
humorous  skits  with  several 
church  members  participating. 

Pastor  Bryant  and  his  wife 
were  presented  a  heart-shaped 
birthday  cake  made  by  Lib 
McLamb.  They  also  received 
many  presents  from  the 
members. 

There  were  73  members  and 
guests  present  to  celebrate  the 
birthdays  and  Valentine's  Day. 
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Juniper  Chapel  Church 
Has  Revival  Scheduled 

Revival  services  are  sched- 
uled at  Juniper  Chapel  Church, 
Vanceboro,  March  19-23.  The 
time  of  the  services  is  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Robert  May  of 
Ahoskie  will  be  the  evangelist. 
The  Rev.  Harry  A.  Jones, 
pastor,  extends  an  invitation  to 
attend  the  services. 

Spring  Revival  at 
Smyrna  Church 

Smyrna  Church,  Blounts 
Creek,  will  be  having  its 
spring  revival,  March  19-23. 
The  time  of  the  services  is  7 : 30 
p.m.  The  evangelist  will  be  the 
Rev.  David  Lupton.  There  will 
be  special  singing  each  night. 

Smyrna's  pastor,  the  Rev. 
A.  G.  Smith,  and  members  cor- 
dially invite  everyone  to  attend. 

Revival  Services  at 
Mount  Zion  Church 

Revival  services  will  be  held 
at  Mount  Zion  Church,  Nash 
County,  March  19-23.  The  time 
of  the  services  is  7:30  p.m.  The 
Rev.  Joe  Ingram  will  be  the 
guest  evangelist.  There  will  be 
special  music  each  night.  The 
pastor  of  the  church  is  the  Rev. 
Ray  Everton.  The  public  is  in- 
vited to  attend  these  services. 


Current  News  for 
Black  Jack  Church 


The  Rev.  Stacy  Carter 

Black  Jack  Church  is  pleased 
to  announce  the  employment  of 
the  Rev.  Stacy  Carter  as  full- 
time  youth  director  of  the 
church.  Mr.  Carter  comes  to 


SOUND  SIDE  WELCOMES  PASTOR  AND  FAMILY 

SOUND  SIDE 
FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  CHURCH 


WORSHIP  JESUS  WITH  US  THIS  SUNDAY 
=     SUNDAY  SCHOOL  10=00 


WELCOME!  REV.  C.H.  OVERMAN 

AND 

^==  FAMILY 


PRAYER  BREAKFAST  1ST  SUNDAY   EACH  MONTH  9=00 
LAYMEN'S  J.EAGUE  EACH  SATURDAY  BEFORE  3RD  SUNDA*  J 

January  15, 1984,  was  a  very  special  day  for  Sound  Side  as  the;' 
welcomed  their  new  pastor,  the  Rev.  C.  H.  Overman,  and  his  fami 
ly.  Actually  the  atmosphere  was  very  much  one  of  homecoming.  Ii 
the  1950s  when  Mr.  Overman  was  just  out  of  college,  he  came  to 
Tyrrell  County  to  serve  as  pastor  for  Sound  Side  and  Malach 
Chapel.  He  served  the  people  at  Sound  Side  well  then,  beinj 
dedicated  and  hardworking.  The  church  loved  him  then  and  stilj 
does.  Most  of  the  people  at  Sound  Side  remember  him  for  hi.; 
sincerity  and  his  close  relationship  with  the  Lord,  which  showed  ii! 
every  aspect  of  his  life.  They  also  think  of  his  interest  in  the  younji 
people  and  the  community.  He  spent  countless  hours  working  anf 
playing  with  them  and  bringing  them  closer  to  the  Lord. 

Now  he  is  back  at  Sound  Side  with  his  wife,  Ruby,  anc 
daughter,  Tina.  Sound  Side  had  been  without  a  pastor  since  July 
1983,  and  had  been  praying  long  and  hard  for  God's  leadership  ii 
securing  one.  Then  one  Sunday,  Mr.  Overman  and  his  famirj 
walked  into  the  Sunday  school,  just  visiting,  not  knowing  that  there! 
was  no  pastor,  and  the  Lord  took  it  from  there.  The  people  at  Sounc 
Side  feel  the  Lord  sent  him  to  them,  and  are  very  humble  anc 
grateful. 


the  Greenville  area  from  the 
Hillcrest  Baptist  Church, 
Raeford,  North  Carolina.  He  is 
a  graduate  of  Carolina  Bible 
College  in  Fayetteville,  a 
satellite  school  of  Columbia  Bi- 
ble College,  where  he  was 
trained  for  the  gospel  ministry 
concentrating  in  Christian 
education  and  youth  ministry. 
Mr.  Carter  has  varied  ex- 
perience in  youth  work  as  he 
has  served  several  churches  as 
pastor,  associate  pastor,  or 
youth  director.  Having  served 
on  the  New  South  River 
Association  Evangelistic  Com- 
mittee the  new  youth  director 


has  a  tremendous  interest  ir} 
youth  evangelism.  The  people 
at  Black  Jack  join  Mr.  Carter  in 
his  excitement  over  "what  Goes 
is  going  to  do  through  the  peo-j 
pie  here." 

Mr.  Carter  is  married  to  Mrs 
Sherry  Buie  Carter  and  thej 
have  three  children:  Mrs.  Wen 
dy  Carter  Graves,  23;  Rober 
Stacy  Carter  Jr.,  18;  and  Krist 
Nicole  Carter,  4.  He  officiallj 
began  his  duties  on  January  1 
1984,  as  Black  Jack's  first  youtt 
director.  For  the  past  4  yean 
he  has  sung  extensively  wit! 
the  Pioneers  of  Raeford. 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTISE 


Governor  Jim  Hunt  will  be 
jxe  guest  speaker  for  Family 
estival  at  Black  Jack  Church, 
n  March  28,  at  8  p.m. 
veryone  is  invited  to  come 
hd  visit  with  the  people  at 
lack  Jack  at  that  time  and 
ave  an  opportunity  to  meet  the 
jest  speaker.  There  will  be  a 
jrsery  provided,  children's 
wch,  and  special  good  old 
me  gospel  singing. 


|  Mount  Olive  College 


Black  Jack  Church  is  having 
s  spring  revival'  through 
arch  16.  The  time  of  the  ser- 
ces  is  7:30  p.m.  The  Rev.  Earl 
lenn  is  the  evangelist.  The 
lblic  is  invited  to  attend, 
here  will  be  children's  church, 

mursery  provided,  and  special 

iinging  each  night.  The  Rev. 

'Bdric  Pierce  is  pastor  of  the 
lurch.  It  is  located  on  Route  3, 

•  reenville. 

pecial  Services  Noted  for 
little  Bock  Church 
|  The  congregation  and  pastor 
if  Little  Rock  Church,  Lucama, 
jivite  everyone  to  attend  five 
ights  of  special  services.  The 
jates  are  Sunday,  March  18, 
irough  Thursday,  March  22. 
A  special  service  in  sacred 
iiusic  will  be  presented  on  Sun- 
ay,  March  18,  at  7  p.m.  Ms. 
jhyllis  Mayo  will  be  the  soloist 
hd  will  be  accompanied  on  the 
iano  by  Mrs.  Sarah  Rose 
/indley.  Ms.  Mayo  has  served 
Js  a  missionary  to  Japan  and  is 
pw  employed  by  the  Southern 
japtist  Foreign  Missions 
ioard,  Richmond,  Virginia. 
Irs.  Windley,  a  former 
jiember  of  Little  Rock  now 
esides  with  her  family  in 
laleigh,  North  Carolina.  Little 
lock  has  been  blessed  by  these 
idies'  witness  in  sacred  song 
n  two  previous  occasions  and 
ake  this  opportunity  to  extend 
p  everyone  the  privilege  of 
haring  in  this  worship  ex- 
erience. 

On  Monday,  March  19, 
krough  Thursday,  March  22, 


COLLEGE  HALL  SEATING  PROJECT 

W.  Burkette  Raper,  President 
Mount  Olive  College 

The  seating  project  for  College  Hall  includes  800  chairs  and 
1,200  bleacher  seats,  for  a  total  capacity  of  2,000  people  on  the  main 
floor.  In  case  of  an  overflow  audience,  an  additional  300  people  can 
be  accommodated  in  the  balcony. 

Individual  friends,  churches  and  church  organizations  are 
making  a  generous  response  to  this  project  by  contributing  $50  to 
sponsor  a  chair  and  $100  to  sponsor  a  bleacher  seat.  The  chair  proj- 
ect has  gone  over  the  top.  Gifts  and  pledges  to  date  for  bleacher 
seats  total  309,  leaving  a  balance  of  891  yet  to  be  sponsored. 

When  the  seating  project  is  completed,  all  gifts  will  be 
recognized  on  an  appropriate  chart  in  the  lobby  of  College  Hall.  In 
addition,  gifts  for  bleacher  seats  will  be  recognized  with  name 
plates  on  the  backs  of  the  seats. 

We  are  grateful  for  all  gifts  to  College  Hall,  and  we  encourage 
churches,  Sunday  schools,  layman's  leagues,  woman's  auxiliaries, 
youth  groups,  church  organizations  and  individuals  to  continue 
their  support  to  the  seating  project. 

Gifts  for  bleacher  seats  may  be  made  in  full  at  one  time  or  in  in- 
stallments as  determined  by  the  donor  ($25  monthly  or  quarterly). 

Summary  of  College  Hall  Bleacher  Seats  Through  March  5 

Contributed 
Needed       or  Pledged  Balance 

Bleacher  Seats  ($100  each)  1,200  309  891 


Ihe 


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Chairs:  February  28— March  5 


Donors 

In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  W.  R.  Williams  and  Boyce  Williams 
By  Mrs.  Carrena  B.  Williams,  Kenly 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  A.  B.  Bryan 

By  Smith's  New  Home  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Deep  Run 

In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Heber  Cox 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Richard  A.  Singleton,  Ayden 

In  Honor  of  Mr.  E.  D.  Griffin 

By  Layman's  League  of  Greenville,  First  Church,  Green- 
ville 

In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  David  Hines 

By  Senior  Citizen  Members  of  New  Sandy  Hill  Church,  Sims 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  L.  Worthington 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wilbur  Worthington,  Ayden 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  J.  T.  Braxton  Sr. 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wilbur  Worthington,  Ayden 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  J.  T.  Braxton  Sr. 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wilbur  Worthington,  Ayden 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Raymond  Sasser 

By  Senior  Citizens  Fellowship  of  Wilson,  First  Church, 

Wilson 

In  Memory  of  Edgar  Davis 

By  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class  of  May's  Chapel 

Church,  Dudley 
In  Honor  of  Charles  Johnston 

By  Young  Adult  Sunday  School  Class  of  May's  Chapel 

Church,  Dudley 
Shady  Grove  Fidalis  Sunday  School  Class,  Dunn 
Shady  Grove  Sunday  School,  Dunn 
In  Memory  of  Nannie  Mae  Jones 

By  the  Children 

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Number 
of 

Chairs  Amount 

1         $  50 

1  50 
1  50 


50 


100 


50 


50 


50 


50 


50 


50 


100 
50 
50 


In  Honor  of  Bob  S.  Jones  1  50 
By  the  Children 

In  Honor  of  David  R.  Kriger  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Glenn  R.  Kennedy,  Goldsboro 

In  Honor  of  Arthur  D.  DeHart  1  50 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Glenn  R.  Kennedy,  Goldsboro 

Heritage  Mission,  Matthews  2  100 

In  Memory  of  Hilda  Mae  Rollins  1  50 

By  Ellen  RNet  Barton,  Newburg,  MD 

White  Oak  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Bladenboro  1  50 

White  Oak  Youth,  Bladenboro  1  50 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Pluma  Sullivan  1  50 

By  Sincere  Sunday  School  Class  of  Stoney  Creek  Church, 

Goldsboro     

Totals  25  $1,250 

Bleacher  Seats:  February  28  — March  5 

Number 
of 

Bleacher 

Donors  Seats  Amount 

In  Honor  of  William  S.  Wilkins  Sr.  1  $100 

By  Mrs.  Sallie  W.  Blanchard  and  Miss  Mary  Lou  Wilkins, 

Rose  Hill 

Mr.  W.  M.  Raynor,  Mount  Olive  1  100 

Reedy  Branch  Church,  Winterville  1  100 

In  Honor  of  Kaye  Beddard  1  100 

By  Mr.  Wesley  Beddard,  Mount  Olive 

Dr.  R.  H.  Shackelford,  Mount  Olive  1  100 

In  Memory  of  the  Rev.  Clarence  F.  Bowen  1  100 

By  Shady  Grove  Church,  Dunn     

Totals  6  $600 

GIFT  FORM:  COLLEGE  HALL  BLEACHER  SEAT  ($100  EACH) 

Name  


Address . 


City  State  Zip . 

Church   

In  Honor  of  (Person  Living) 
Name  


Send  Acknowledgement  Card  to : 
Name  


Address . 


City  State  Zip. 

In  Memory  of  (Person  Deceased) 
Name  


Send  Acknowledgment  Card  to : 
Name  


Address  

City  State  Zip . 


My  gift  in  the  amount  of  $  will  be  payable  as  follows: 

$   Herewith 

 Monthly  beginning   

 Quarterly  beginning  

 As  follows  

Mail  to 

Gifts  Records  Office 

Mount  Olive  College 

Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina  28365 

Telephone:  919/658-2502 


k'1 

Endowment  of  the  Week 


THE  JOHN  PRESTON  / 
AND  LAURA  B. 
WATSON  ENDOWMENT 


Laura  B.  and  John  Preston  Watsot\\ 


The  John  Preston  and  Lauil 
B.  Watson  Endowment  ;| 
Mount  Olive  College  wa( 
established  as  a  memorii 
to  Laura  Beville  Watsq 
(1899-1981)  and  in  honor  of  hij 
husband,  John  Preston  Watsoi| 
with  whom  she  shared  fift| 
three  years  of  married  life. 

Mrs.  Watson  was  a  native  < 
De  Witt,  Virginia.  A  teacher  to 
profession,  she  taught  in  tt 
public  schools  of  Virginia  an 
North  Carolina,  including  Saiit 
Mary's  School  in  Wilson  Count{ 
and  Kenly  and  Micro  schools  iu 
Johnston  County.  She  was  a 
active  member  of  Saint  Mary\ 
Church  near  Kenly. 

The  Endowment  consists  < 
real  estate  in  Wilson  Count[ 
which  has  been  given  in  trust  t 
Mount  Olive  College  by  J.  Ij 
Watson  and  his  wife,  Leoria  ([ 
Watson.  Income  from  the  tru$ 
is  payable"  to  the  Watsons  fo 
life  and  thereafter  to  Mour 
Olive  College. 

Mr.  Watson  has  been 
member  of  Saint  Mary' 
Church  for  more  than  half 
century.  He  is  a  retired  deaco 
and  Sunday  school  superinter 
dent.  He  was  also  a  Sunda 
school  teacher  for  more  tha 

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Children's  Home 


PLAY  TIME -THE  GROUP 


As  we  have  experienced  the  warm  weather,  our  children  have 
en  part  in  group  activities.  The  suitable  weather  allowed  for  fun 
the  sun  across  campus.  Being  a  part  of  a  group  < family  or  social 
gbup)  is  important  to  all  of  us.  When  people  live  in  close  proximity 
tieach  other  they  become  part  of  a  group.  Think  how  important  it 
i:to  you  how  your  family  views  you.  Even  after  you've  grown  and 
rpved  away,  you  still  want  their  concern,  their  attention,  and  their 


aproval.  To  the  child  in  care,  the  cottage  group  becomes  his 
pimary  group.  Situations  and  circumstances  have  brought  the 
cild  to  a  totally  different  place  to  live  and  the  cottage  group  takes 

>'c  great  importance.  We  develop  our  social  self  through  interaction 

1  mh  our  primary  group.  This  means  that  as  a  child  develops  he 

'lkms  his  norms  and  values  from  the  group  with  which  he  lives. 

s  Car  primary  group  provides  the  source  of  emotional  satisfaction. 

''  EVeryone  needs  to  be  trusted,  loved,  accepted,  to  belong  and  to  suc- 
ceed. All  of  these  are  social  needs  that  are  met  by  interaction  with 

;ckers.  This  interaction  must  take  place  with  others  who  are  impor- 

1 Hit  or  significant  to  us. 

j  Group  child  care  is  an  experience  designed  to  help  children 
,V|iose  relationships  with  other  persons  have  been  incomplete, 
j  There  is  a  difference  in  the  resources  of  the  family  and  residen- 
tjil  child  care.  In  the  family  the  responsibility  for  meeting  the 
(lild's  needs  is  generally  held  by  the  parents.  Whereas,  in  residen- 
ts care  a  team  of  adults  are  available  for  the  child.  This  team  in- 
j  Qdes  child  care  workers,  social  psychologists,  recreational, 
rjaintenance,  and  administrative  personnel. 

j  j  The  children  enjoy  their  groups  (peers)  and  the  group  ex- 
j  Fjriences  that  give  all  of  us  prominence  in  this  world  in  which  we 
n  e. 

Pray  for  the  children  individually  and  for  your  Child  Care 
Ijinistry ,  as  we  serve  through  our  individual  efforts  and  as  a  part  of 
steam  to  provide  "A  Christian  Home  for  Boys  and  Girls." 


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FRIENDS  OF  CHILDREN 

You  are  a  friend  to  children 
because  of  the  active  part  you 
take  in  supporting  your  child 
care  ministry. 

We  are  currently  caring  for 
thirty  children  and  we  are  ex- 
cited about  the  opening  of 
another  cottage.  Currently  we 
are  operating  State  Cottage, 
Central  Cottage,  Parker  House 
(Independent  Living)  and 
Rodgers  Cottage,  which  was 
opened  February  24,  1984. 
Financially  speaking,  it  will  be 
difficult  to  meet  the  expense  of 
another  cottage,  but  we  are 
trusting  God  and  asking  our 
friends  and  churches  to  help 
meet  this  additional  cost  by  giv- 
ing that  special  gift. 

Your  commitment  to  pray 
has  undergirded  our  ministry 
and  sustained  us,  as  we  con- 
tinually seek  to  be  "A  Christian 
Home  for  Boys  and  Girls."  We 
are  asking  others  to  join  us  in 
daily  prayer  for  the  child  in 
need. 

We  would  like  to  extend  to 
you  a  special  invitation  to  be 
our  guest  for  lunch  on 
Founder's  Day,  May  26, 1984,  at 
11:30  a.m.  After  lunch  we  will 
assemble  in  Memorial  Chapel 
for  our  Founder's  Day  Service. 
The  remainder  of  the  afternoon 
will  be  given  to  tours  of  the 
campus  and  plenty  of  good 
fellowship.  Make  your  plans 
now  to  share  with  us  on  this 
festive  day. 

Thank  you  for  your  support. 
We  look  forward  to  seeing  you 
on  Founder's  Day. 


ATTENTION 

Begin  now  to  make 
preparations  to  atttend  the  1984 
session  of  the  General  Con- 
ference of  Original  Free  Will 
Baptists.  This  conference  will 
meet  at  Tee's  Chapel  Church 
near  Smithfield,  June  18,  19, 
and  20,  1984. 


Foreign  Missions 


The  Roshan  Lai  Family  ofNai  Basti  Colony,  India,  was  brought 
to  Jesus  in  April  1983,  BECAUSE  YOU  CARE.  The  story  of  their 
conversion  follows. 


"Roshan  Lai,  father  and  head 
of  the  family,  had  an  opportuni- 
ty to  hear  the  preaching  of  the 
gospel  twice  by  the  gospel 
teams  during  the  months  of 
June  1981  and  '82.  Roshan  Lai, 
as  a  matter  of  fact,  was  con- 
fronted with  domestic  prob- 
lems led  by  an  evil  spirit.  He 
did  his  best  to  overcome  the 
problems.  The  more  he  tried 
with  the  help  of  superstitions 
and  with  the  help  of  Hindu  and 
Muslim  priests  the  evil  spirits 
became  more  and  more  ag- 
gressive and  disturbed  the  life 
of  each  one  of  the  family 
members  to  the  extent  that 
they  lost  mental  balance  and 
peace  completely.  The  old  man, 
Roshan  Lai,  thought  of  the 
Christian  faith  and  the  gospel 


message  he  had  heard  some- 
time ago  from  our  evangelistic 
team. 

He  rushed  along  with  his  sons 
to  us  and  after  having  an  ex- 
change of  thought  with  them, 
we  felt  that  they  needed  the 
Lord  Jesus  Christ  to  take  their 
problems  and  to  save  them  for 
eternity.  This  family  had  wor- 
shiped the  idols  from  the  very 
beginning  and  were  staunch  in 
their  faith.  However,  little 
preaching  to  them  was  the 
source  of  mending  them  to  the 
life  eternal." 

Dr.  E.M.  Lall 
India 

SEND  MORE  IN  '84 
Telethon  Theme: 
World  Missions  and  You. 


WORLD  MISSIONS  AND 
THE  LOCAL  CHURCH 

The  local  church  is  a  result  of 
and  a  participant  in  the  mission 
of  God.  You  exist  as  a  local 
church  because  someone 
shared  the  gospel  in  your  area. 
The  task  of  the  local  church, 
however,  is  not  limited  to  a 
small   geographical  area, 


where  a  building  is  erected,  but 
is  world  wide  in  scope.  Prov- 
erbs 29:18  says,  "Where  there 
is  no  vision,  the  people  perish." 
I  believe  that  any  local  body  of 
believers  who  will  place  the 
evangelization  of  the  world  as 
their  number  one  priority  will 
flourish.  Where  there  is  a  vision 
for  the  world  the  people 
flourish. 


The  gospel  is  for  all  peopi 
all  nations.  The  local  churcl 
the  strength  of  world  misskj 
Just  as  we  say  the  family  is 
strength  of  our  nation, 
weak  family  means  that  our 
tion  is  a  little  weaker.  One  wi 
church  for  world  missii 
means  that  God's  plan 
world  outreach  is  weakened 

The  local  church  is 
strength  of  the  world  missii 
movement,  for  from  the  lo 
church  come  prayer  warric 
missionaries,  and  resources 
complete  the  Great  Comrr 
sion.  The  mission  of  the  chui 
is  to  reach  every  person 
earth  with  the  gospel  of  Jetj 
Christ  during  his  lifetime. 

Your  local  church  is  imp 
tant.  What  you  do  for  woi 
missions  determines  { 
strength. 

TELETHON  SUNDAY  IS 
MARCH  25. 
CALL  AND  REPORT 
YOUR  MISSIONS  OFFERD 
BETWEEN  1:30  and  5:30  P.] 
PHONE  (919)  746-4963 


CONSTRUCTION  BEGINS 

Construction  was  begun 
early  January  1984,  on  the  n' 
building  at  Palawan  Bible 
stitute.  How  exciting  to  see  I 
will  of  God  being  brought 
reality! 

The  Board  of  Trustees  of  1 
Free  Will  Baptist  Chuij 
Philippines  has  awarded 
contract  for  construction  a 
labor  to  Mr.  Loreto  Malina 
The  Board  appointed  Antoi) 
Somones  Jr.,  Ludgerio  Malir 
and  Fred  Baker  to  oversee  1 
project  and  to  purchase 
needed  materials. 

Mr.  Loreto  Malinao,  an  eld 
ly  Christian  contractor,  w 
employed  by  Palawan  Bible ' 
stitute  in  1981,  to  build  t 
kitchen  and  classroc 
building.  We  have  been  ve 
pleased  with  his  previous  wo 
and  consider  it  a  blessing 
have   his   services   in  tl 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTI 


CRAGMONT  ASSEMBLY 

RECEIPTS 
JANUARY,  1984 
Total,  $6,530.08 

ALBEMARLE  CONFERENCE 


ject.  On  the  job  site  they 
isjre  Bible  reading  and  prayer 
3<jOre  starting  the  day's  work. 
Mthe  end  of  the  working  day 
il  workers  gather  around  for 
upther  prayer  before  going 
une. 

I  Che  building  will  be  a  two- 
lliry  concrete  structure.  When 
jiinpleted,  the  building  will 
#vide  space  for  an  apartment 
ifcj  the  Philippine  Director  of 
(MI,  the  National  print  shop, 
;IS(tional  headquarters  office 
ui  a  library/bookstore  for 
!Pljl.  That  is  putting  a  lot  into 
ttjo  square  feet. 

'  .dthough  giving  is  greatly 
3'jiind  the  projected  schedule, 
wj  believe  God  will  provide  the 
i4ded  funds  for  completion. 
Viy  1,  1984,  has  been  set  as 
Binpletion  date.  We  would  like 

$E  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


to  have  the  dedication  of  the 
building  when  our  Foreign  Mis- 
sions Director,  the  Rev.  Harold 
Jones,  visits  our  National  Con- 
vention on  April  23  and  24. 
Maybe  some  of  you  would  like 
to  join  him  for  this  trip.  Your 
life  would  never  be  the  same 
again. 

Construction  is  proceeding 
nicely.  The  concrete  posts  and 
beams  are  in  place  and  the 
second  floor  has  been  poured. 
God  has  blessed  us  to  be  able  to 
find  the  needed  materials  thus 
far. 

We  need  you  to  be  a  part  of 
this  project.  Your  prayers  and 
support  are  vital.  Thank  you  for 
what  you  have  done  and  for 
what  you  will  do  to  help  make 
Christ  known  to  the  Filipino 
people. 

Fred  P.  Baker 


Hickory  Chapel 

$  200.00 

Mount  Tabor 

25.00 

Mount  Zion  (Roper) 

46.39 

St.  Paul 

20.00 

Plymouth,  First 

50.00 

Union  Chapel  (Plymouth) 

28.97 

Union  Chapel  (Middlesex) 

10.00 

Total 

$  483.51 

CAPE  FEAR  CONFERENCE 

Haymount 

$  42.52 

Hopewell 

76.34 

Lee's  Chapel  Fellowship  Class 

40.71 

Total 

$  159.57 

CENTRAL  CONFERENCE 

Black  Jack 

$  30.00 

Friendship  (Walstonburg) 

25.00 

Greenville, 

First  Woman's  Auxiliary 

10.00 

Gum  Swamp 

100.00 

Hugo 

125.00 

King's  Cross  Roads 

16.74 

Marlboro 

150.00 

Otter's  Creek 

55.00 

Otter's  Creek  Sunday  School 

70.03 

Piney  Grove,  Greenville 

400.00 

Rocky  Mount,  First 

75.00 

Rose  Hill  Sunday  School 

50.00 

Saratoga 

114.00 

Tarboro,  First 

250.00 

Winterville  League 

18.98 

lotai 

$1,489.75 

EASTERN  CONFERENCE 

Bridge  ton 

$  26.00 

Folkstone 

300.00 

Holly  Springs 

250.00 

Jackson  Heights 

132.25 

Mount  Zion  ( Vandemere ) 

25.00 

Oriental 

10.00 

Pilgrims  Rest 

5.00 

Saints  Delight 

275.00 

St.  Mary's 

280.  UU 

Welcome  Home 

20.00 

Total 

$1,328.25 

WESTERN  CONFERENCE 

Flood's  Chapel 

$  5.00 

Free  Union  ( Spring  Hope ) 

25.00 

Milbournie 

37.50 

People's  Chapel  Sunday  School 

10.00 

Piney  Grove 

62.50 

Sherron  Acres 

160.00 

Stancil's  Chapel  Sunday  School 

130.00 

Unity 

25.00 

Wilson,  First 

500.00 

First  Union 

175.00 

Total 

$1,130.00 

OTHERS 

Verena  P.  Johnson 

$  300.00 

St.  Cloud,  First,  Florida 

10.00 

Cragmont  Club 

1,412.50 

Memorial  Fund 

200.00 

Miscellaneous 

16.50 

Total 

$1,939.00 

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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
MARCH 


18 


Scripture  Reading— Joshua  14-16 

GET  INTO  THE  WHEELBARROW! 

Years  ago  a  strong  wire  was  stretched 
across  Niagara  River,  just  above  the  roaring 
falls.  It  was  announced  that  a  tightrope  walker 
would  walk  on  that  suspended  wire  from  the 
American  to  the  Canadian  side.  The  thrilling  mo- 
ment for  the  death-defying  fete  arrived.  Great 
crowds  watched  with  wide-eyed  wonderment  as 
the  man  performed,  with  calm  deliberateness, 
the  awesome  stunt.  The  people  cheered  wildly! 
Then  the  performer  did  an  even  more  daring 
thing.  He  began  to  push  a  wheelbarrow  with  a 
grooved  wheel  across  the  suspended  wire.  At  the 
conclusion  of  this  breath-taking  performance, 
thunderous  applause  went  up.  The  performer 
observed  a  boy  whose  wonderment  was  clearly 
discernible  on  his  bright  face.  Asked  the  man, 
"My  boy,  do  you  believe  that  I  could  put  you  in 
this  wheelbarrow  and  push  you  over  the  falls?" 
"Oh,  yes,"  said  the  boy  quickly.  "Then,  get  in  the 
wheelbarrow,"  said  the  man.  Instantly  the  boy 
dashed  away!  In  reality  he  did  not  believe  that 
the  tightrope  walker  could  take  him  safely 
across  the  falls. 

How  like  many  of  God's  children  was  the 
boy!  We  say  we  believe  in  the  power  of  Christ  to 
pilot  us  safely  "o'er  life's  tempestuous  sea,"  yet 
we  fail,  at  times,  to  utterly  commit  ourselves  in- 
to His  pierced  hands. 


O  Thou  of  little  faith, 

God  hath  not  failed  thee  yet! 
When  all  looks  dark  and  gloomy, 

Thou  dost  so  soon  forget! 


MONDAY, 
MARCH 


19 


Scripture  Reading— Joshua  17-19 

ONLY  ONE  TOOK  AN  UMBRELLA 
The  writer's  grandfather,  John  W.  Knight, 
was  a  Methodist  circuit  rider.  Before  his  conver- 
sion, he  was  a  notorious,  blatant  atheist.  When 
God  saved  him  his  life  was  totally  changed.  It  is 
said  that,  wherever  he  went,  a  revival  of  "the 
old-time  religion"  broke  out.  Bishop  Pierce,  in 
his  biography  of  "Uncle  Knight,"  tells  some  in- 
teresting stories  of  him.  The  following  incident 
shows  the  old  circuit  rider's  faith.  A  destroying 
drought  had  cast  its  sear  mantle  over  the  coun- 
tryside. Crops  were  withering  and  lying  in  the 
parched  fields.  "Uncle  Knight"  and  others 
wended  their  way  to  the  little  Crawford  Church 
in  Putnam  County,  Georgia,  to  pray  for  rain. 

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"Uncle  Knight,"  however,  was  the  only  one  vl 
took  an  umbrella  with  him  to  the  prajf] 
meeting.  On  bended  knees  the  old  man  began 
pray  as  follows:  "O,  Lord,  we  need  rain.  O,  Lo 
we  need  much  rain.  O,  Lord,  we  don't  want  a 
drizzly-drazzly  rain.  We  want  a  gully-washei| 
God  as  He  always  does,  honored  the  simple  fa 
of  the  old  circuit  rider,  and  the  people  soon  knj 
the  answer  to  the  ancient  question,  "Where  is  1 
Lord  God  of  Elijah?" 


Oh,  doubt  not  any  longer, 
To  Him  commit  thy  way; 

Whom  in  the  past  thou  trusted, 
And  is  the  same  today! 

TUESDAY, 
MARCH  *0 

Scripture  Reading— Joshua  20,  21 

AUTUMN  LEAVES 

Upon  the  breeze,  the  autumn  leaves 

Are  carried  thither,  yon; 
They  rest  at  last,  upon  the  grass, 

One  moment,  then  they're  gone. 
They're  tossed  about,  and  in  and  out, 

They  fly  across  the  way; 
And  up  and  down,  they  sail  around— 

The  wind  they  must  obey. 

Now,  if  you  please,  the  autumn  leaves 

Are  much  like  most  of  us ; 
We're  tossed  about,  by  fear  and  doubt, 

And  things  we  rare  discuss. 
This  need  not  be,  for  you  or  me— 

There  is  a  surer  way ; 
The  solid  Rock,  will  bear  the  shock, 

No  matter  what  the  fray. 


He  who  believes,  is  not  like  leaves, 

That  drift  with  every  wind; 
His  faith  is  fixed  in  God,  unmixed 

With  doubts  that  Satan  sends. 
He  walks  with  God,  while  earth  he  trods— 

He's  led  by  pow'r  Divine; 
When  life  is  through,  beyond  the  blue, 

He'll  dwell  in  lands  sublime. 


Faith  is  dead  to  doubts,  dumb 
discouragements,  blind  to  impossibilities,  knot 
nothing  but  success.  Faith  lifts  its  hands  i 
through  the  threatening  clouds,  lays  hold  of  Hi 
who  has  all  power  in  Heaven  and  on  earth.  Fai 
makes  the  uplook  good,  the  outlook  bright,  the  i 
look  favorable,  and  the  future  glorious. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTK 


Wednesday,  21 

f  ARCH 

Si  ipture  Reading- Joshua  22-24 

\  BECAUSE  THE  MASTER  SAID  IT 
i  I  A  schoolmaster  gave  three  of  his  pupils  a  dif- 
ifljult  problem.  "You  will  find  it  very  hard  to 
st|ive,"  he  said,  "but  there  is  a  way."  After 
■treated  attempts,  one  of  them  gave  up  in 
tispair.  "There  is  no  way!"  he  declared.  The 
•bond  pupil  had  not  succeeded,  yet  he  was  smil- 
tajr  and  unconcerned.  "I  know  it  can  be  ex- 
piined,  because  I  have  seen  it  done."  The  third 
«|rked  on,  long  after  the  rest  had  given  up.  His 
had  ached  and  his  brain  was  in  a  whirl.  Yet  as 
h  went  over  it  again  and  again,  he  said  without 
fitering,  "I  know  there  is  a  way,  because  the 
Blister  has  said  it."  Here  is  faith— that  con- 
fi  ence  that  rests  not  upon  what  it  has  seen,  but 
upn  the  promises  of  God. 


]  Faith  sees  the  invisible,  believes  the  incredi- 
b?,  and  receives  the  impossible. 

1HURSDAY,  02 
IARCH 

ipture  Reading— Judges  1,  2 

BOY,  DROP!  I'LL  CATCH  YOU! 
Your  condition  is  like  that  of  a  lad  in  a  burn- 
tk  house,  who  escaped  to  the  edge  of  the  win- 
dW,  and  hung  on  to  the  windowsill.  The  flames 
vire  pouring  out  of  the  window.  The  lad  would 
son  be  burned,  or,  falling,  would  be  dashed  to 
ppces.  He  therefore  held  on  with  a  deathlike 
citch.  A  strong  man  below  said,  "Boy,  drop!  I'll 
etch  you!"  Now  it  was  no  saving  faith  for  the 
My  to  believe  that  the  man  below  was  strong.  He 
right  have  known  that  and  perished.  It  was  sav- 
i i  faith  when  the  boy  let  go  and  dropped  down 
i:o  the  big  man's  arms.  You  are  a  sinner,  cling- 
t  j  to  your  own  sins  or  to  your  good  works.  The 
Sviour  pleads,  "Drop!  Drop  into  My  arms!"  It 
inot  working  that  will  save  you.  It  is  trusting  in 
tat  work  which  Jesus  has  already  done. 


Trust,  and  the  moment  you  trust  you  are 
sued/ 

IARCH  ™ 

•ipture  Reading— Judges  3-5 

FAITH  THAT  SAVES 
Some  years  ago,  two  men,  a  bargeman  and  a 
cllier,  were  in  a  boat  above  the  rapids  of  a 
ctaract,  and  found  themselves  unable  to 
ranage  it,  being  carried  so  swiftly  down  the  cur- 
rnt  that  they  must  both  inevitably  be  borne 
c  wn  and  dashed  to  pieces.  One  was  saved  by 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


grasping  a  rope  that  was  thrown  to  him.  The 
same  instant  that  the  rope  came  into  his  hand,  a 
log  floated  by  the  other  man.  The  thoughtless 
and  confused  bargeman,  instead  of  seizing  the 
rope,  laid  hold  on  the  log.  It  was  a  fatal  mistake ; 
they  were  both  in  imminent  peril;  but  the  one 
was  drawn  to  shore,  because  he  had  a  connection 
with  the  people  on  the  land,  while  the  other, 
clinging  to  the  loose,  floating  log,  was  borne  ir- 
resistibly along,  and  never  heard  of  afterwards. 
Faith  has  a  saving  connection  with  Christ.  Faith 
is  on  the  shore,  holding  the  rope,  and,  as  we  lay 
hold  of  it  with  the  hand  of  our  confidence,  He 
pulls  us  to  the  shore;  but  our  good  works,  having 
no  connection  with  Christ,  are  drifted  along  down 
to  the  gulf  of  fell  despair. 


The  steps  of  faith  fall  on  the  seeming  void, 
but  find  the  rock  beneath. 


SATURDAY, 
MARCH 


24 


Scripture  Reading— Judges  6,  7 

HE  IS  ABLE 
Canst  thou  take  the  barren  soil 
And  with  all  thy  pains  and  toil 

Make  lilies  grow? 
Thou  canst  not.  O  helpless  man, 
Have  faith  in  God— He  can. 

Canst  thou  paint  the  clouds  at  eve? 
And  all  the  sunset  colors  weave 

Into  the  sky? 
Thou  canst  not.  O  powerless  man, 
Have  faith  in  God— He  can. 

Canst  thou  still  thy  troubled  heart 
And  make  all  cares  and  doubts  depart 

From  out  thy  soul? 
Thou  canst  not.  O  faithless  man, 
Have  faith  in  God— He  can. 


Faith  is  the  outstretched  hand  of  the  soul  tak- 
ing what  Christ  offers. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


STATE  SUNDAY  SCHOOL 
CONVENTION 
Saturday,  March  31 
College  Hall 
Mount  Olive  College 
Mount  Olive,  NC 

Registration— 9  a.m. 


Sunday  School  Lesso 


For  March  18 

JESUS  ENCOUNTERS 
HOSTILITY 

Lesson    Text:    Mark  2:14-17, 

23-28;  3:1-6 
Memory  Verse :  Mark  2 : 17 

Vigilante  is  a  word  not  often 
complimentary,  and  that  is  a 
shame;  for  people  usually 
become  vigilantes  with  the  best 
of  intentions.  A  vigilante  is  a 
member  of  a  vigilance  commit- 
tee, and  a  vigilance  committee 
is  "a  volunteer  committee  of 
citizens  for  the  oversight  and 
protection  of  an  interest; 
especially  a  committee 
organized  to  suppress  and 
punish  crime  summarily,  as 
when  the  processes  of  law  ap- 
pear inadequate." 

On  America's  Western  fron- 
tier, when  the  regular  forces  of 
law  and  order  were  spread  thin 
and  the  "wild,  wild  West"  was 
gaining  its  reputation,  solid 
citizens  formed  vigilance  com- 
mittees to  deal  with  murderers 
and  thieves.  Their  activity  of- 
fered a  significant  measure  of 
protection  and  gained  respect. 
But  the  vigilantes,  unre- 
strained in  relation  to  the  fine 
points  of  law,  sometimes 
perpetrated  terror  in  the  name 
of  justice,  and  they  came  to  be 
feared  as  much  as  respected. 
They  were  often  the  "bad 
guys"  in  the  final  writing  of 
history. 

Their  position  can  help  us  to 
understand  the  Pharisees  of 
New  Testament  times,  who  ap- 
pear as  the  "bad  guys"  in  the 
lesson  before  us. 

A  group  known  as  the 
Hasidaeans  or  Hasidhim  ("the 
pious")  arose  as  a  sort  of 
theological  vigilance  commit- 
tee among  the  Jews  in  the  times 
between  the  close  of  the  Old 
Testament  and  the  beginning  of 
the  New.  Concerned  with  a 
growing  tendency  toward 
liberalism   in   the  politically 


oriented  priesthood  in 
Jerusalem,  they  declared  an 
uncompromising  devotion  to 
the  law  of  Moses.  One  phase  of 
this  movement  became  the 
Pharisees,  or  "separated  ones" 
a  society  bound  to  observe  the 
regulations  concerning  the  Sab- 
bath, tithing,  and  ceremonial 
purity.  Widely  respected  for 
their  knowledge  of  Scripture 
and  their  moral  purity,  they  ex- 
erted great  influence  among 
the  people  in  Jesus'  day.  But 
like  other  vigilantes,  the 
Pharisees  developed  a  sort  of 
"tunnel  vision,"  losing  sight  of 
any  values  outside  their  own 
special  field,  and  considered 
themselves  exempt  from  judg- 
ment. 

Jesus'  ministry  was  offensive 
to  the  Pharisees  from  its  begin- 
ning. He  ignored  or  rejected 
their  official  interpretations  of 
Scripture.  He  demanded  a 
thoroughgoing  devotion  to  God, 
rather  than  mere  conformity  in 
outward  actions.  He  associated 
with  people  they  considered  un- 
touchable. He  gained  a  follow- 
ing that  threatened  their  posi- 
tion as  revered  religious 
leaders.  This  confrontation  ap- 
pears dramatically  in  the  in- 
cidents recorded  in  Mark 
2:1—3:6.  These  events  prob- 
ably did  not  occur  in  quick  and 
direct  succession,  but  all  took 
place  rather  early  in  Jesus' 
public  ministry.  They  centered 
in  or  near  Capernaum,  on  the 
northwest  shore  of  the  Sea  of 
Galilee. 

A  well-known  church  song 
asks,  "Who  is  on  the  Lord's 
side?  Who  will  serve  the 
King?"  Its  refrain  answers  con- 
fidently, "We  are  on  the  Lord's 
side,  Saviour,  we  are  Thine." 
The  Pharisees  would  have  sung 
that  theme  with  great  en- 
thusiasm. They  wanted  to  be  on 
God's  side,  and  they  had  no 
doubt  that  they  were.  Unfor- 
tunately they  were  so  preoc- 
cupied with  sides  that  they 
forgot    the    Lord.  Tithing, 


ceremonial  purity,  and  the  Sa 
bath  were  of  the  Lord,  so  tht 
gave  themselves  wholly 
these  things,  opposing  any  hiij 
of  violation.  But  in  doing  i 
they  neglected  or  violated  oth< 
things  of  God— justice,  mercj 
humility,  and  love  (Matthe 
23 : 23 ) .  In  these  they  came  up  £ 
enemies  of  the  God  the 
claimed  to  serve. 

Christians  face  the  sarr, 
hazard.  The  church,  the  o: 
dinances  of  Christ,  and  the  B 
ble  are  of  Christ,  and  so  mer 
our  loyalty.  But  in  defendin 
these  things  we  must  nevt, 
forget  the  Lord  himself,  o 
whom  their  value  depends.  H 
gifts  of  faith,  hope,  and  lov 
must  permeate  all  we  do,  or  w 
shall  find  ourselves  opposin, 
the  very  Lord  we  claim,  an 
facing  His  condemnation.  Th, 
last  line  of  that  "Lord's  side, 
song  is  all-important, 
"Saviour,  we  are  Thine. | 
— Standard  Lesson  Commei 
tary 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 


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EDITORIAL 

I  (Continued  from  Page  2) 

neaningful  growth  in  numbers,  in  maturity,  in  ability  to  in- 
iluence  the  world  around  us.  The  church  was  not  created  to  be 
stagnant.  Nor  was  it  created  to  be  "secure."  Whenever  any 
ictivity  undercuts  our  ability  or  willingness  to  push  toward 
jiblical  demands,  growth  ceases. 

The  challenge  is  ours  today.  We  must  accept  the  claims 
ind  promises  of  Jesus  Christ;  we  must  herald  forth  the 
nessage  of  the  gospel:  Jesus  is  Lord  of  life  and  death;  He  is 
;he  hope  of  mankind.  As  His  followers,  we  must  be  examples 
of  His  life  and  death  by  means  of  our  witnessing,  discipling, 
lealing;  we  must  create  an  atmosphere  in  which  church 
growth  results. 

Church  growth  is  our  Lord's  intent. 

It  is  His  desire. 

It  is  time  that  we  see  that  it  is  the  goal  and  call  of  every 
eliever. 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

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denty-five  years.  Before 
wirement  he  was  a  farmer, 
Mlding  superintendent  and 
bilders  supply  salesman. 

in  announcing  the  Wat- 
ls|i  Endowment,  President 
V  Burkette  Raper  stated,  "It 
kJ  investments  of  this  type 
*|ich  will  assist  Mount  Olive  in 
bpoming  a  four-year  college 
ail  which  will  also  help  to 
asure  the  quality  of  its  educa- 
tijial  services  for  generations 
txcome." 


TELEPHONE  NUMBERS 
FOR  COLLEGE  HALL 

Telephones  have  been  in- 
stalled in  College  Hall.  The  new 
numbers  are  658-5056  and 
658-5057. 

The  office  of  the  vice  presi- 
dent for  Student  Affairs,  the 
Athletic  Department,  the  nurse 
and  the  assistant  director  for 
College  Hall  can  be  reached  at 
the  above  numbers. 


COLLEGE  SINGING  GROUPS  TO  PERFORM 

i  The  New  Creations 

March  18  11  a.m.,  Edgewood  Church,  Edgecombe  County 

7  p.m.,  Kenly  Church,  Johnston  County 
Mount  Olive  College  Singers 

March  23  11  a.m.,  Jim  Burns  TV  Show,  WECT-TV  (Channel  6) 

6  p.m.  and  7  p.m.,  Independence  Mall,  Wilmington 


NEWS  AND  NOTES 

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sjrvices  will  be  held.  The  time 


under   the   direction   of  Ms. 
Cathy    Medlin,    director  of 
little  Rock's   spring  revival     music,    will   provide  special 

music  each  evening  as  well  as 
special  invited  guests. 

The  Little  Rock  people 
welcome  everyone  to  come  and 
share  in  these  services  with 


the  services  is  7:30  p.m.  The 
sv.  Bruce  Dudley,  interim 
stor  of  the  First  Church, 
nston,    will   be   the  guest 
sjeaker  for  the  services.  Mr. 
I'ldley  is  a  dynamic  speaker, 
\bll  known  and  respected  for 
13  service  and  contributions 
£pong  Free  Will  Baptists.  The 
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them. 

Special  Services  at 
Kenly  Church 

The  New  Creations  of  Mount 
Olive  College  will  be  in  charge 


of  the  evening  worship  service 
on  Sunday,  March  18,  at  Kenly 
Church.  The  time  of  the  ser- 
vices is  7  p.m.  This  group  will 
present  a  program  of  music, 
song  and  testimony. 

Kenly  Church  will  be  in 
revival  services  Monday 
through  Friday,  March  19-23. 
The  time  of  the  services  is  7:30 
p.m.  There  will  be  special  sing- 
ing. The  Rev.  Keith  Cobb, 
pastor  of  Fremont  Church,  and 
an  instructor  at  the  Carolina  Bi- 
ble Institute,  Pine  Level,  will  be 
the  guest  evangelist.  The 
pastor,  the  Rev.  James  Joyner, 
invites  everyone  to  attend  these 
services. 

Revival  and  Concert  at 
Free  Union  Church 

Revival  services  will  be  held 
March  19-23,  at  Free  Union 
Church,  Walstonburg.  The  time 
of  the  services  is  7:30  p.m.  The 
Rev.  Wayne  King,  pastor  of 
Westside  Church,  Kinston,  will 
be  the  visiting  evangelist. 

On  March  25,  a  special  con- 
cert will  be  presented  at  Free 
Union  Church,  Walstonburg  by 
Jack  and  Julia  Bircher  from 
Core  Creek  Church,  Cove  City. 
The  concert  will  begin  at  6:30 
p.m. 

The  pastor,  the  Rev.  Calvin 
Heath,  and  congregation  ex- 
tend a  warm  welcome  to 
everyone  to  join  them  in  revival 
services  and  to  come  hear  this 
talented  couple. 

Eastern  District  Youth  to  Meet 
The  Eastern  District  Youth 
Convention  will  meet  on  Satur- 
day, March  17,  at  St.  Mary's 
Church  in  New  Bern.  The 
highlights  of  this  meeting  will 
be  the  various  competitions. 
The  Convention  will  begin  at 
9:30;  and  lunch  will  be  served 
by  the  host  church. 

NOTICE 

The  Western  Conference 
Layman's  League  Convention 
will  be  held  at  Sherron  Acres 
Church,  1306  Lynn  Road, 
Durham,  Monday,  March  19, 
1984,  at  7:30  p.m.  All  laymen 
are  urged  to  attend. 

Fred  Boykin,  Secretary 
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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   6 

Foreign  Missions   8 

Children's  Home  10 

Mount  Olive  College  11 

Camp  Vandemere  13 

Family  Devotions  14 

Home  Missions  15 

The  Best  Hour  of  the  Week   4 

Our  Challenge  in  the '80s    5 

The  Christian  Nurturer  11 

Volume  99  Number  11 

March  21,  1984 


Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 

Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.,  811 
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Christ  among  Original  Free  Will  Baptists,  and  we 
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Inconsistent  with  our  purpose,  programs,  or  policies, 
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beliefs  or  policies  of  the  editor  or  of  The  Free  Will 
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Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards, 
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Editorial 


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"Christian"  Preferences 

"Jesus  said,  'My  church.'  And  He  lets  me  say,  'Mj 
church.'  The  church  is  the  body  of  Christ;  I  am  part  of  thai 
group  of  baptized  believers  who  meet  for  worship,  learning 
and  fellowship.  Those  believers  depart  to  serve  and  take  thej 
church  from  the  sanctuary  to  the  marketplace.  My  impression 
is  I  would  live  an  impoverished  life  if  I  did  not  have  'mvp 
church'  "  (R.  C.  Puckett,  Biblical  Recorder,  January  21,1 
1984). 

I  wholeheartedly  agree.  The  trouble  is,  those  around  us 
live  an  impoverished  life  because  we  do  not  take  the  message] 
of  the  church— the  gospel— from  the  sanctuary  to  the! 
marketplace. 

I  feel  very  strongly  about  this. 

The  church  is  the  nerve  ends  through  which  Jesus  Christ 
can  reach  all  generations.  We  are  supposed  to  be  "the  continu- 
ing expression  of  His  humanity,  of  His  concern  for  all  human 
beings,  of  His  relationship  to  them.  The  church  should  be  the 
bastion  of  the  soul,  the  reservoir  of  His  authority  and 
resources  on  earth."  It  is  in  the  church  that  human  beings 
shackled  by  their  own  moral  uncertainties,  willful 
debaucheries,  perverted  natures,  blighted  desires,  and  gnaw-J 
ing  weaknesses  can  find  freedom  and  peace. 

But  you  and  I  are  not  reaching  out. 

Instead  we  "prefer"  to  do  several  things:  we  either) 
"prefer"  to  exalt  ourselves  collectively  or  on  an  individualii 
basis.  Some  churches  feel  that  by  stressing  their  comfortable 
facilities,  paved  parking  lot,  minister's  ability,  and/or' 
specialized  ministry,  they  are  being  evangelistic.  Such  an  ap-:' 
proach  is  to  be  faulted  if  the  underlying  spiritual  purpose  ofi 
the  congregation  is  overlooked.  You  see,  a  congregation  which 
constantly  points  to  itself  misses  the  true  reason  for  its  ex-! 
istence— the  spreading  of  the  gospel. 

The  second  activity  we  involve  ourselves  in  is  much  more1 
dangerous.  People  like  to  feel  important— and  I  believe  every ; 
individual  is— but  none  of  us  is  perfect.  Church  members  often! 
feel  as  though  they  have  all  the  answers.  When  their  opinions 
are  not  accepted  or  when  they  are  not  in  the  forefront,  they' 
feel  threatened.  It  then  becomes  so  easy  for  them  to  "tear) 
down."  I  truly  believe  that  we  as  Christians  could  accomplish! 
much  if  we  used  our  energies  as  we  have  been  directed  by  the! 
Lord.  Consider  this:  Which  is  more  important,  the  color  a  wallf 
is  painted  or  the  condition  of  the  person's  soul  who  painted  that li 
wall?  What  difference  will  it  make  next  month  that  someone 
didn't  see  eye  to  eye  with  you— if  that  individual  passes  from 
this  life  to  the  next  without  knowing  Christ?  I  cannot  under- 
stand why  we  prefer  to  argue  over  trivial  matters  while  so 
many  around  us  are  on  their  way  to  Hell.  Why  don't  we  see 
what  we  are  doing— and  not  doing? 

Several  weeks  ago  a  young  friend  shared  a  startling  thing 
with  me.  This  sixteen-year-old  had  been  "blessed"  with  the 
realization  that  many  of  her  friends  and  acquaintances  did  not 

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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTI! 


THE  CHURCH 
AND  CHRISTIAN 

EDUCATION  ■ 
ORK  TOGETHER 

by  A.  Stanley  Jenkins 


"And  Jesus  increased  in  wisdom  and  in  stature,  and  in 
favour  with  God  and  man"  (Luke  2:52). 


i  We  believe  the  church  is  a  worshiping 
epwship.  This  fellowship  is  bound  together  by 
tijgrace  of  God  through  Jesus  as  Lord  and 
iaiour.  The  common  bond  of  God's  grace 
nirks  each  person  as  one  of  the  redeemed; 
hjt  is,  one  who  has  realized  in  his  life  God's 
o-!ng  forgiveness. 

We  believe  the  church  is  the  congregation 
if&od's  people  seeking  to  do  His  will.  The 
hjrch  exists  to  share  the  redemption  of  God 
I  to  make  available  to  all  men  the  redemp- 
icji  found  through  faith  in  Jesus  the  Christ, 
ftjs  is  accomplished  both  in  fellowship,  wor- 
iWp  and  service.  It  is  our  task  as  the  church  of 
J*jl  to  minister  to  the  people  of  our  church  and 
k\  community  in  such  ways  as  to  help  them  be 
iA|ire  of  God's  self -disclosure  and  seeking  love 
njesus  Christ  to  the  end  that  they  may  know 
m  they  are,  what  their  human  situation 
nlans  and  grow  as  sons  of  God  rooted  in  the 
:hrch.  Therefore,  to  accomplish  this  task  we 
nst  have  a  good  program  of  Christian  educa- 
m. 

We  believe  that  Christian  education  is  the 
ring  of  the  knowledge  of  the  Christian  life 
ujl  thought  with  every  generation  and  sharing 
r^uch  a  way  that  God  in  Christ  can  do  His 
^emptive  work  in  each  human  life.  It  in- 
Bves  the  Christian  home  and  the  church.  It  in- 
Hves  the  individual  as  he  makes  a  personal 
ijlsion  and  it  has  an  impact  on  society  in 
alms  of  personal  responsibility.  It  is  con- 
:<fned  with  history  because  God  revealed  His 
if  through  historical  events.  It  involves  the 
Bole,  for  it  is  God's  Word  to  man.  It  begins 

T*E  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


and  ends  with  personal  relationships,  first  with 
God  and  also  with  our  fellowman. 

The  supreme  purpose  of  Christian  educa- 
tion is  to  enable  persons  to  become  aware  of 
the  seeking  love  of  God  as  revealed  in  Jesus 
Christ  and  to  respond  in  faith  to  this  love  in 
ways  that  will  help  them  grow  as  children  of 
God,  live  in  accordance  with  the  will  of  God 
and  sustain  a  vital  relationship  to  the  Christian 
community.  Christian  education  must  meet  the 
needs  of  the  child  as  he  explores  his  world  and 
makes  decisions  and  assumes  responsibilities. 

The  basic  need  of  children  is  love  so  they 
can  learn  to  love  and  accept  others,  so  they  can 
have  faith  and  confidence  in  people  in  order 
that  they  can  experience  faith  and  confidence 
in  God.  The  child  needs  to  see  the  Bible  in  the 
life  of  the  teacher  as  well  as  in  the  lesson 
taught.  The  teacher  must  create  a  relationship 
of  loving  trust,  then  the  child  will  learn  to 
respect  himself  and  see  himself  as  someone 
God  loves,  for  without  trust  the  child  cannot 
receive  God's  love,  and  as  the  child  ex- 
periences God's  love  he  will  love  others  in 
return.  This  is  Christian  growth. 

In  terms  of  Christian  education  it  is  that 
point  where  he  reaches  out  and  forms  a  rela- 
tionship that  he  is  able  to  maintain  at  his  age 
and  level  of  development.  Growth  is  not  a 
change  of  life,  but  as  it  involves  a  physical 
"growing  up"  it  involves  social  and 
psychological  "growing  up"  as  well.  The  child 
grows  in  character  and  wisdom  as  well  as  in 
size.  The  end  result  of  growth  for  the  person  in- 
volved in  Christian  education  is  to  grow  in 
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religious  insight  and  fellowship,  involving  his 
total  personality  as  he  participates  in  the  life  of 
the  Christian  fellowship. 

Other  than  the  student,  the  most  important 
person  involved  in  Christian  education  is  the 
teacher.  The  teacher  should  love  each  student 
as  he  is,  simply  because  God  loves  all  men  as 
they  are.  This  is  a  clue  to  the  right  start  in 
Christian  teaching.  The  relationship  between 
student  and  teacher  does  not  come  easily  or 
quickly.  It  comes  with  much  effort  and  prayer 
together.  It  helps  to  know  the  student's  name, 
home  and  school  background,  abilities,  per- 
sonal interests  and  concerns ;  and  to  keep  track 
of  responsiveness  in  class ;  to  have  good 
cooperation  between  teacher  and  parents ;  and 
much  more.  To  do  this  requires  good  training, 
so  the  bottom  line  is  OUR  TEACHERS  MUST 
HAVE  GOOD  TRAINING. 


THE  BEST  HOUR  OF  THE  WEEK 

by  the  late  Rev.  Graham  Faucette 


The  Rev.  Graham  Faucette,  author  of  this  article,  died 
Thursday,  March  8,  198k,  at  the  age  of  67.  Mr.  Faucette 
served  as  the  pastor  of  St.  Mary's  Free  Will  Baptist 
Church,  Kenly,  North  Carolina. 

He  is  survived  by  his  wife,  Mrs.  Amie  Pope  Faucette; 
two  sons,  Bonnie,  of  Raleigh,  and  Mike  of  Kenly;  one 
sister,  Mrs.  Fanny  Anderson  of  Washington;  and  two 
grandchildren. 

A  cartoon  showed  a  man  standing  in  front 
of  a  new  church  building  with  a  friend  and  say- 
ing, "It's  a  beautiful  church.  It  sleeps  1,500." 

To  most  ministers  that  joke  is  too  painful  to 
be  funny.  We  have  memories  of  people  trying 
to  keep  their  eyes  open  that  are  too  real  to  be 
funny. 

We  realize  that  Sunday  morning  service  is 
not  that  way  for  everyone.  If  being  in  church 
bores  you,  there  is  something  that  you  can  do 
about  it.  The  answer  is  not  to  blame  the  pastor 
or  slip  some  rock  and  roll  music  into  the  choir 


folders.  There  is  a  solution  you  can  do  apart  l 
from  these.  Plan  to  get  something  out  of  the  /! 
service.  Go  seeking  a  blessing,  and  God  will 
give  you  one.  Here  are  some  things  that  coul( 
help  you. 

Go  to  bed  on  Saturday  night  and  not  on 
Sunday  morning.  Saturday  might  be  a  great 
night  for  you  to  go  out,  but  if  you  stay  up  unti 
one  or  two  o'clock  Sunday  morning,  it  will  tal 
a  Super  Bowl  to  keep  you  awake  on  Sunday 
morning. 

Get  straightened  out  spiritually  before  th< 
service.  If  you  go  to  church  with  your  heart  ft 
of  sin,  you  will  not  hear  anything  that  goes  on 
When  a  person  feels  guilty  it's  hard  to  sit  still 
and  feel  comfortable.  If  a  person  is  mad  with 
someone  in  the  church  and  is  determined  to  g 
even,  the  Spirit  is  quenched. 

Ask  God  for  something.  Tell  Him  that  you 
just  don't  want  to  be  a  spectator.  Ask  Him  to 
give  you  something  out  of  the  service.  When 
you  sit  down  tell  Him  to  bless  you  and  that  yoi 
are  ready  to  learn  more  about  Him. 

Come  to  communicate.  When  the  choir 
sings,  listen  to  the  words  instead  of  trying  to  \ 
guess  the  price  of  someone's  dress.  When  you 
listen  to  the  words  you  will  feel  a  lot  closer  to 
the  Lord.  When  someone  prays,  that  is  the 
right  time  for  you  to  pray  for  yourself  and  nol 
try  to  listen  to  the  words.  Take  notes  if  you 
want  to;  it  will  help  keep  your  mind  alert.  Yoi 
might  be  surprised  just  how  much  this  will  he' 
you. 

Apply  the  message  to  yourself.  Claim  the 
morning  message  for  your  very  own.  Don't 
think  within  yourself  that  you  are  glad  that 
Fred  is  here.  He  really  needs  this  message 
after  all  the  things  that  you've  seen  him  do. 
Apply  it  to  yourself,  and  don't  dodge  and  hope, 
that  it  will  hit  someone  who  really  needs  it. 
There  may  be  a  large  crowd,  but  God  wants  t< 
speak  to  you  alone.  Why  not  let  Him? 

Plan  to  practice  what  you  hear.  A  church 
not  an  art  appreciation  club.  It  can  be  and  wil 
be  a  life-changing  experience  if  you  will  just  1< 
it  have  its  way  in  your  heart.  Whatever  the 
message  is  about,  ask  how  you  can  put  it  to 
work  in  your  life.  You  might  find  that  it  will 
begin  even  before  you  leave  the  church. 

Thank  God  for  the  service,  no  matter  wha 
might  happen  during  the  service.  If  the  soloist 
falls  off  the  platform,  or  the  usher  drops  the  o! 
fering  plate,  or  the  pastor  starts  to  stutter,  jus 
thank  God  and  look  for  a  blessing  and  you  will 
surely  find  one.  Ask  God  to  do  something  for 
you  and  He  will,  so  go  ahead  and  thank  Him  fc 
it  now.  He  will  not  let  you  down.  You  fail  the 
Lord  many  times  but  He  never  fails  you. 

If  you  will  just  put  these  things  to  work  thi 
Sunday  morning,  you  will  find  the  eleven 
o'clock  service  to  be  the  best  hour  of  week. 


4 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


OUR  CHALLENGE  IN  THE  '80s: 
NIDO  QUBEIN' S  PIERSON  LECTURE 


by  Pepper  Worthington 


If. 


I  Dr.  Michael  Pelt,  left,  welcomes  his  former  student  and 
m  Pierson  lecturer,  Nido  Qubein,  to  the  campus. 

"It  is  important  to  go  back  from  whence 
jje  come  and  know  what  is  our  heritage,"  said 
ido  Qubein,  the  Pierson  Lecture  speaker  at 
ount  Olive  College's  Cultural  Arts  and  Lec- 
ires  Series.  Having  written  and  edited  over  29 
'adership  books,  Qubein  is  now  President  of 
beative  Services,  Inc.  Last  year  Qubein  spoke 
every  state  except  three,  in  27  countries 
"ound  the  world,  and  in  addition  he  managed 
i  be  productive  in  radio  broadcasts,  writing, 
Kd  editing.  He  began  his  public  speaking 
ireer  while  a  student  at  Mount  Olive  College. 

"You've  got  to  live  your  life  from  the  inside 
ft,"  declared  Qubein.  "Leadership  is  an 
Jtgrowth  of  excellence.  Leadership  comes 
om  the  inside  out  and  can  be  developed." 

To  build  leadership,  Qubein  emphasized 
vo  essentials— learning  leadership  by 
Ssociating  with  great  people  and  by  develop- 

listening  skills.  Qubein  insisted  in  his 
beech,  "Our  Challenge  in  the  '80s,"  that  this  is 
fie  decade  where  leadership  skills  and  listen- 
ig  skills  must  be  developed.  And  the  develop- 
ment begins  from  the  inside  out. " 

"Listening  is  a  hearing  talent  turned  into  a 
kill,"  said  Qubein.  "If  we  have  an  ill  in  our 
pciety,  it  is  the  lack  of  listening  skills.  The 
Jiallenge  of  the  '80s  is  the  challenge  of  effec- 
ve  communication.  The  challenge  of  the  '80s 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


is  to  connect  one  person  with  another  person, 
one  mind  to  another  mind.  We  must  learn  to 
relate  to  one  another." 

Qubein  offered  suggestions  for  creating 
leadership  within.  "Every  day  of  my  life  is  a 
test,"  he  said.  "And  my  attitude  makes  the  dif- 
ference." The  trait  of  a  positive  attitude  makes 
a  leader.  A  leader  who  acts  positive  will  be 
positive.  Qubein  noted,  "We  do  indeed  set  the 
stage  for  our  life  and  what  we  might  do  with 
it." 

A  second  trait  necessary  for  a  leader  in  the 
'80s  is  the  spirit  of  enthusiasm.  In  its 
etymology,  enthusiasm  (from  the  Greek  en  + 
theos)  means  God  in  you,  full  of  God,  inspired 
by  God.  "The  spirit  of  enthusiasm  is  the 
challenge  of  the  '80s.  If  we  wish  to  have 
something,  we  can  make  it  happen.  When  a 
problem  comes,  the  leader  can  accept  the 
problem  for  what  it  is  but  always  have  within 
the  strength  to  resolve  it.  The  spirit  of  en- 
thusiasm gives  this  strength,  for,  you  see,  the 
leader  lives  the  life  from  the  inside  out." 

With  the  spirit  of  enthusiasm,  a  leader  may 
see  time  in  its  present  tense  as  the  crucial 
time.  "Today,"  Qubein  smiled,  "is  the  best  day 
of  my  life.  Why?  Why?  Because  yesterday  is 
gone  like  a  canceled  check.  Tomorrow  is  a 
promissory  note.  But  today  is  right  here,  right 
now  like  cash." 

With  a  quick  glance,  Qubein  asked,  "Do 
you  know  why  leaders  burn  out?  Do  you  know? 
Well,  I  shall  tell  you,  my  friends.  Leaders  burn 
out  because  they  try  to  achieve  certain  things 
and  cannot.  But,  believe  it  or  not,  some  leaders 
burn  out  because  they  try  to  achieve  certain 
things  and  do  and  then  are  so  terribly  disap- 
pointed at  the  result.  They  begin  to  ask 
themselves— is  that  all  that  there  is?" 

The  challenge  then  of  the  '80s  is  the 
challenge  of  the  journey  in  living— a  journey 
which  needs  to  be  lived  from  the  inside  out, 
which  needs  leaders  who  have  the  spirit  of  en- 
thusiasm and  the  art  of  listening.  Qubein  in- 
sisted, "Success  is  in  the  journey  not  in  the 
destination.  The  torch  to  the  future  has  been 
passed  to  us." 

Emphatically  Qubein  said,  "The  time  has 
come  for  us  to  put  our  hands  to  the  plow  and 
not  to  look  back." 

(Dr.  Pepper  Worthington  is  a  Professor  of  English 


Literature  and  Language  at  Mount  Olive  College.) 
( 


5 


News  81  Notes 

REVIVAL  TIME 

Through  March  23 

Daniels  Chapel  Church,  Wilson 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The   Rev.   Marvin  Waters, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Earl  Glenn, 

pastor 

Faith  Church,  Route  2,  Four 

Oaks 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The    Rev.    Ted.  Bryant, 

evangelist 
The   Rev.   Hubert  Stanley, 

pastor 

March  26-30 

Gum  Swamp  Church,  near 
Greenville 

Time:  7:30  p.m. 

The  Rev.  Robert  Strick- 
land, evangelist 

The  Rev.  Ray  Williamson, 
pastor 

First  Church  of  Warsaw 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The   Rev.    Jerry  English, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Foy  Futrell, 

pastor 

Verona  Church,  7  miles  south  of 

Jacksonville 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The    Rev.    Noah  Brown, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Boyd  Shook, 

pastor 

Pleasant  Hill  Church,  Highway 
k3  South,  near  Calico 

Time:  7:30  p.m. 

The  Rev.  Scott  Sowers, 
evangelist 

Rose   Hill   Church,    Route  1, 

Winterville 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The    Rev.    Grady  Tucker, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Leon  Harris, 

pastor 

March  26-31 

Owens  Chapel  Church,  Route 
3,  Elm  City 


Time:  7:30  p.m. 

The   Rev.   Earl  H.  Glenn, 

evangelist 
The   Rev.    Melvin  Moore, 

pastor 

April  2-6 

Elm  Grove  Church,  near  Ayden 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The    Rev.    Gary  Bailey, 

evangelist 
The  Rev.   Steve  Hargrove, 

pastor 

Sweet    Gum    Grove  Church, 

Route  1,  Stokes 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Fred  Rivenbark, 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  David  Hill,  pastor 

Standi 's  Chapel  Church,  Route 

2,  Kenly 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The    Rev.    Jack  Lassiter, 

evangelist 

Union  Grove  Church 
Undergoes  Renovation 

Union  Grove  Church  con- 
ducted a  major  renovation 
project  in  1983,  which  included 
the  addition  of  a  porch,  enlarge- 
ment of  the  vestibule,  and  the 
addition  of  a  new  ceiling,  lights 
and  carpet  in  the  sanctuary. 

The  renovations  were  made 
possible  through  a  donation 
made  to  the  church. 

The  present  sanctuary, 
located  between  Fremont  and 
Pinkney,  was  built  in  1886.  The 
church  was  constructed  on  land 
donated  by  Exum  Edgerton. 
The  Rev.  J.  H.  Worley  was  the 
pastor  and  also  a  carpenter.  He 
did  much  of  the  construction. 
Other  members  donated  timber 
and  labor. 

The  Rev.  C.  Ray  Taylor  is  the 
pastor  of  Union  Grove.  He 
begun  his  duties  in  July  of  1983. 

First  Church 

Gets  Music  Director 

First  Church,  Rocky  Mount, 
is  pleased  to  announce  the  re- 
cent calling  of  Carlton  Livesay 


Carlton  Livesay 
as  music  director.  Mr.  Liveis 
will  be  planning  and  direct^ 
the  musical  program  for  I 
church.  He  graduated  fr||i 
North  Carolina  Wesleyan  vk 
a  B.A.  in  Psychology.  I 
received  a  M.A.  in  Psychol'!} 
from  Wake  Forest  Universe 
Recently  he  has  done  gradual 
studies  at  Memphis  Stl 
University. 

Mr.  Livesay  began  studyjj 
music  at  Harris  Conservatif; 
of  Music  in  Rocky  Mount.  Ots 
studies  were  completed 
North  Carolina  Wesley 
where  he  was  accompanist  j 
the  Chapel  Choir,  a  gnl 
which  traveled  throughout  I 
eastern  United  States. 

The  people  at  First  Chui] 
are  thankful  that  a  man  sucm 
Mr.  Livesay  is  able  to  come  H 
minister  to  them. 

Sweetheart  Banquet  at 
Faith  Church 

On  Saturday,  February 
1984,  at  5:30  p.m.,  a  sweethe 
banquet  was  held  in 
fellowship  building  at  Fa! 
Church,  Route  2,  Four  Oa 
This  was  enjoyed  by  54  you 
and  adults.  A  very  spe( 
thanks  goes  to  Mr.  and  M 
Cecil  Lee  and  Mr.  and  M 
Gary  Snead,  and  to  all  I 
helped  in  any  way. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIl 


[jrogress  at  Faith  Church 
iThe  Lord  is  really  blessing 
kith  Church,  Route  2,  Four 
ia,ks.  A  new  heating  and  air 
unditioning  system  has  been 

|i  stalled  in  the  church  and  paid 
jr.  The  building  for  the  fel- 

I]  wship  building  has  been  com- 
jeted  with  kitchen  cabinets, 
glinting,  vinyl,  appliances, 
nrpet,  and  country  curtains. 

I  A  kitchen  shower  was  held 

lew    Year's    Eve    at  the 

Hlowship  building  for  things 
ueded  in  the  kitchen.  Faith 

H lurch  people  thank  everyone 
:r  what  they  have  done.  Most 
i  all  they  give  thanks  to  God 

U  r  so  many  blessings. 

1  eekend  of  February  24-26 
as  Special 

J  The  Weekend  of  February 
:^-26  was  a  special  and 
•lightening  time  for  Arapahoe 
i|iurch.  "Missions  Emphasis 
jeekend"  began  as  an  idea  of 
yo  AFC  boys,  Chris  and  Pat, 
;jid  was  enlarged  upon  by 
ijhers. 

|The  weekend  was  kicked  off 
tjji.  Friday  night  by  the  showing 
if  "Hudson  Taylor,"  a  movie 
[  'ippicting  the  life  of  this  mis- 
ijonary  to  China.  The  Saturday 
/ening  event  brought  out  the 
*ave  as  a  meal  was  served 
jaturing  foods  eaten  in  the 
hilippines,  Africa,  Thailand, 
,  id  Mexico.  Chris  and  Pat  had 
.  Jritten  our  missionaries  re- 
lesting  recipes  for  some  of  the 
|Shes  served.  Our  after-dinner 
j)eaker  was  the  Rev.  Wayne 
.ing,  former  missionary  to  the 
hilippines. 

On  Sunday  morning  the  mis- 
ons  emphasis  was  carried  in- 
>  the  worship  service  through 
jnging  and  by  a  message  by 
ie  Rev.  Harold  Jones,  director 
1*  |  Free  Will  Baptist  Foreign 
tissions.  They  were  happy  Mr. 
f  t>nes  and  his  family  were  with 
I  |em  all  weekend.  The  van  der 
t  las  family  conducted  the  Sun- 
*  ay  evening  service  using  their 
tlents  of  singing,  teaching, 
jid  preaching.  It  was  a  sen- 
jmental   time   as  everyone 
icalled  the  four  years  the  van 


der  Plas  family  have  been  with 
them.  After  the  evening  service 
the  Woman's  Auxiliary  spon- 
sored a  reception  to  show  their 
love  and  support  for  this 
wonderful  family. 

During  the  entire  weekend 
displays  were  on  view  of  ar- 
tifacts from  Africa,  Mexico, 
and  the  Philippines.  The  effects 
from  this  weekend  will  bless 
Arapahoe  Church  for  a  long 
time. 

Gospel  Sing  at  Verona  Church 

On  Saturday  night,  March  31, 
a  gospel  sing  will  be  held  at 
Verona  Church,  7  miles  south  of 
Jacksonville  on  Highway  17. 
The  sing  will  feature  the 
"Ranger's  Quartet"  of  Dunn. 
The  time  of  the  services  is  7 : 30 
p.m.  The  pastor,  the  Rev.  Boyd 
Shook,  and  the  congregation  in- 
vite everyone  to  share  in  this 
service. 

Invitation  to  Open  House 

The  Winterville  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church  will  have  Open 
House  on  Sunday,  March  25, 
from  2-5  in  the  afternoon.  The 
church  is  located  on  the  corner 
of  Glendale  Avenue  and  East 
Cooper  Street  in  Winterville. 
Everyone  is  invited  to  come. 

Northeast  Church  to  Host  a 
Missions  Conference 

The  members  of  Northeast 
Church,  Mount  Olive,  would 
like  to  announce  that  on  April 
3-5,  at  7:30  each  evening  they 
will  host  a  Missions  Con- 
ference. 

Guest  speakers  will  be  the 
Rev.  David  Charles  Hansley 
from  the  Eastern  Conference 
Home  Missions  on  Tuesday 
evening;  Jeffrey  D'Jernes,  a 
Wycliff  Bible  translator,  who 
has  just  spent  three  years  in 
New  Guinea  on  Wednesday 
evening;  and  the  Rev.  Harold 
Jones,  head  of  Foreign  Mis- 
sions on  Thursday  evening. 
Films  or  slides  will  be 
presented  at  each  meeting. 

Everyone  is  invited  to  attend 
these  services. 


Central  Conference 
Women  to  Meet 

The  Central  Conference 
Woman's  Auxiliary  will  meet 
March  24, 1984,  at  Ormondsville 
Free  Will  Baptist  Church, 
located  eight  miles  west  of 
Ayden,  just  off  Highway  903  at 
Ormondsville. 

The  theme  for  the  Convention 
will  be  "Lest  We  Forget"  with 
Scripture  taken  from 
Deuteronomy  4:9— "Only  take 
heed  to  thyself  and  keep  thy 
soul  diligently,  lest  thou  forget 
the  things  which  thine  eyes 
have  seen,  and  lest  they  depart 
from  thy  heart  all  the  days  of 
thy  life." 

The  program  is  as  follows: 
Morning  Session 
9 : 30— Registration 

10:00— Hymn,  "Count  Your  Blessings" 
—Devotion,  Mrs.  Lorraine  Russell 
—Welcome,  Mrs.  Louise  May 
—Response,  Mrs.  Warren  Moye 

10:15— Greetings,  President 
— Recogition  Time 

—  Business  Period 

10:30— Missions  Report,  Mrs.  Wallie 

Hargrove 
—Roll  Call  of  Auxiliaries 

(Missions  money  and  Talents  for 

Cragmont) 
—Chorus  Time,  Miss  Leah  McGlo- 

hon 

10:50— Children's   Home,   Mrs.  Judy 
Moore 
—Retirement  Homes 

—  Love  Offering 
—Free  Will  Baptist  Press 
—Hymn,  "Trust  and  Obey" 

11:20— Special  Music,  Host  Church 

—  Introduction  of  Speaker,  Mrs. 
Alice  Barrow 

11:30— Morning  Speaker,  Mrs.  Lizzie 

Dawson 
12:00— Benediction 
—Lunch 

Afternoon  Session 

1:15— Chorus  Time,  Miss  Leah  McGlo- 
hon 
—Prayer 

—Youth,  Mrs.  Joan  Little 
Mrs.  Mitzi  Hobgood 

—Study  Course,  Mrs.  Debbie  Lan- 
caster 

—Cragmont 

—  Mount   Olive    College,  Mrs. 
Happy  Taylor 

—Anna  Phillips  Loan  Fund,  Mrs. 
Cleo  Hinson 
2:00— Life  Membership  Award,  Mrs. 
Lou  McLawhorn 
—Business  Period 
—Reflections,  Mrs.  Carolyn  Mayo 
2:30— Hymn,  "Revive  Us  Again" 
—Adjournment 

(Continued  on  Page  17) 


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7 


Foreign  Missions 


TELETHON  5UN0AY 
MARCH  25 


MHEYWORlO  christian 
V  WHO  WERE  YOU  CALLING?! 


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SPECIAL  GIFT  FOR  FOREIGN. 
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TELETHON  SUNDAY. 


EVERYONE !  EVERY  CHuKh 
AND  INOlVlOlMl  WORIO 
MISSIONS  OEPEN03  ON  Uj 


TO  SEND  MISSIONARIES  LIKE  THE  VAN  DEpN 
Pi  AS  TO  THE  Philippines  ANO  other  country. 

TO  SuPPoPT MISSIONARIES  ON  THE  FlFLD,  SoPPORT 

Pa  stops,  Bible  schools,  £ipivientarys<-hoois. 

PROVIDE  FOCO,  CLOTHiAiG^EPiC (A/6,  wCUS,  jRff/GATlON 
SY5TFM3.8VY  0I5LE5  ANO  TRACTS.  1  COULO  00  OKI 

AND  on, Sot  you  c^ai  see  how  FaR  Reaching 

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MARCH  25 

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8 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTTS 


NEW  CREATURE  IN  CHRIST 


Meet  Mr.  Ariston  Pilapil.  He  is  a  new  creature  in  Christ,  BECAUSE  YOU  SUP- 
-ORT  WORLD  MISSIONS. 


Mr.  Pilapil  was  born  July  3, 1923,  in  the  province  of  Leyte  in  the 
3hilippines.  At  the  age  of  four  his  father  died  leaving  his  mother  the 
•esponsibility  of  raising  him  and  his  two  brothers  and  one  sister, 
tfter  graduating  from  high  school  in  1952,  he  served  two  years  as  a 
patrolman  in  Alicico,  Zamboaga  del  Sur. 

In  1960,  Mr.  Pilapil  transferred  to  TayTay,  Palawan.  There  he 
served  as  secretary  of  Barangay  Pancol  for  four  years.  Then  he 
served  as  Pancol's  Barangay  Captain  for  ten  years.  Now  at  the  age 
If  sixty  and  still  single,  Mr.  Pilapil  replies,  "Most  of  my  life  has 
oeen  spent  farming  and  fishing. ' ' 

A  letter  and  an  application  arrived  at  Palawan  Bible  Institute 
In  May  of  1983  from  Mr.  Pilapil  asking  if  he  could  study  Bible  here. 
)n  the  back  of  the  application  he  wrote,  "On  my  part  being  aged,  I 
leed  to  be  educated  with  regards  to  God's  Law  as  a  preparation  for 
Werlasting  life."  He  arrived  in  June  and  began  his  studies  with  the 
jther  students.  On  July  15,  Mr.  Ariston  Pilapil  repented  of  his  sins, 
isked  Jesus  into  his  heart  and  became  a  new  creature  in  Christ. 

Brother  Pilapil  works  hard  at  his  studies,  and  continues  to 
jrow  in  Christ.  One  of  his  great  desires  is  to  impart  knowledge  of 
jTesus  to  his  brothers  and  sisters  while  he  is  alive. 

We  believe  and  are  convinced  that  the  world  can  be  won  to 
Christ  one  (Jose)  at  the  time.  Will  you  be  a  part  of  the  greatest 
vork  on  the  face  of  the  earth,  WORLD  MISSIONS? 

Fred  Baker 
Philippines 


GIVE  MORE  IN  '84 

Telethon  Theme:  World  Missions  and  You. 


WORLD  MISSIONS  AND 
THE  INDIVIDUAL 

You  are  ultimately  the 
strength  of  the  local  church  and 
world  missions.  You  are  like 
one  link  in  a  chain;  the  whole 
chain  is  dependent  on  you. 

7  want  to  share  a  few  words 
on  this  subject  from  my  heart. 

World  missions  is  a  personal 
Ithing.  The  task  is  not  just  for 
others.  It  is  mine.  It  is  yours.  I 


can  see  the  millions  of  lost, 
lonely,  helpless  souls  from  all 
nations,  and  my  heart  breaks, 
but  my  determination  never 
falters.  It  is  my  responsibility 
to  make  Christ  known  to  them, 
and  until  Christ  calls  me  home  I 
must  dedicate  my  life  to  this 
most  urgent  and  important 
task.  Nothing  else  must  ever  so 
claim  my  attention  that  I  lose 
sight  of  God's  redemptive  plan 
for  all  mankind. 


My  prayer  for  each  of  you  as 
you  read  this  is  that  God  will 
grant  you  the  light  to  see  your 
part  in  world  missions,  the 
strength  to  act,  the  joy  to  serve, 
and  the  desire  to  see  the  task 
completed. 

Lord!  help  us  to  see  our  im- 
portance in  the  chain  of  world 
missions. 


TELETHON  SUNDAY 
IS  MARCH  25. 

CALL  AND  REPORT 
YOUR  MISSIONS  OFFERING 
BETWEEN  1:30  and  5:30  P.M. 

PHONE  (919)  746-4963 


ATTENTION 
NC  WOMAN'S  AUXILIARIES 

The  1984  session  of  the  North 
Carolina  Woman's  Auxiliary 
Convention  will  convene  on 
Thursday,  May  10,  in  College 
Hall  at  Mount  Olive  College, 
Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina. 
Each  auxiliary  should  repre- 
sent with  one  delegate  for  each 
25  members  or  fraction  thereof, 
plus  a  registration  fee  of  $10. 

Many  auxiliaries  mail  their 
registration  fee  in  advance. 
This  is  a  good  thing  to  do,  as  it 
saves  the  delegate  the  trouble 
of  handling  the  money.  Also,  in 
the  event  something  happens  at 
the  last  minute  to  prohibit  your 
representing  in  person,  your 
auxiliary  is  registered  as  hav- 
ing represented. 

EVIPORTANT:  Please  mail 
your  fee  before  April  25,  if 
possible,  so  that  I  will  be  able  to 
get  the  list  prepared  and 
delivered  to  the  convention 
registration  committee  for  use 
on  the  morning  of  May  10.  If 
you  cannot  possibly  attend, 
please  mail  your  fee  anyway, 
as  the  convention  needs  your 
support.  Mail  your  fee  to  the 
following  address:  Mrs.  Ray- 
mond T.  Sasser,  State 
Treasurer,  517  Westover 
Avenue,  Wilson,  North  Carolina 
27893. 

Mrs.  Raymond  T.  Sasser 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


9 


Children's  Home 


A  WATERED-DOWN  MINISTRY" 


"A  WATERED-DOWN  MINISTRY" 

Absolutely  Not!  Just  a  little  wet!  Our  ministry  with  the 
children  is  a  "complete"  ministry.  By  complete,  we  mean  that  we 
make  deliberate  efforts  to  provide  experiences  for  our  kids  that  are 
"life-preparing."  This  includes  experience  in  our  Work  Reward 
Program.  Each  child  is  given  the  opportunity  to  select  work  that  is 
compatible  with  his/her  abilities.  When  a  decision  is  made  as  to  the 
nature  of  the  work,  the  children  are  asked  to  sign  a  work  contract  in 
agreement  with  the  stipulations  of  the  job.  This  involves  an 
understanding  of  the  number  of  hours  to  be  worked  each  week,  the 
pay  scale,  and  the  kind  of  performance  necessary  for  the  job  to  be 
maintained. 

Children  like  Ronnie,  in  the  photograph  above,  aggressively 
seek  out  work  so  that  they  may  earn  spending  money  and  add  to 
their  personal  savings  accounts.  We  believe  that  children  need  the 
experience  of  "earning"  some  of  the  things  they  want  and  personal- 
ly enjoy.  Total  dependence  upon  our  institution  throughout  life  is 
not  part  of  our  philosophy  of  child  care.  If  we  don't  teach  our  kids 
about  the  "reality  of  life,"  the  realities  of  life  will  one  day  destroy 
our  kids ! 


DUKE  ENDOWMENT 
AWARDS  $8,000  TO 
FWB  CHDLDREN'S  HOME 

The  Duke  Endowment  has 
awarded  a  grant  of  $8,000  to  the 
Free  Will  Baptist  Children's 
Home  to  help  fund  a  new 
Preparation  for  Independence 
program. 

According  to  Children's 
Home  Director  Bobby  R.  Tay- 
lor, the  grant  "will  be  used 
to  help  youngsters  in  the  15-21 
age  group  as  they  prepare  to 
leave  the  Children's  Home  and 
move  out  into  the  world.  We've 
targeted  a  group  of  young  peo- 
ple who  have  shown  maturity 
and  good  self -discipline,  and  we 
want  to  give  them  more  respon- 
sibilities and  freedom  over 
time. 


"They'll  live  in  a  different 
cottage,  be  responsible  for  dai- 
ly routine,  for  following  up  on 
their  vocational  skills  and,  in 
general,  behaving  like  respon- 
sible adults." 

The  new  program  will  in- 
volve the  re-opening  of  one  cot- 
tage on  campus  and  the 
employment  of  additional  staff. 

Ashley  H.  Gale  Jr.,  director 
of  the  Endowment's  Hospital 
and  Child  Care  Divisions,  noted 
that  "the  transition  from  youth 
to  adulthood  is  difficult  for 
everyone.  The  move  from  a 
protected  environment  to  in- 
dependent living  is  especially 
crucial  for  these  youngsters. 
We  think  the  special  Prepara- 
tion for  Independence  might 
make  a  big  difference  in  this 


transition,  but  we  also  think  & 
will  take  several  years  befor^j 
there  are  any  conclusive 
results.  As  funds  are  availably 
the  Endowment  hopes  to  pre 
vide  further  assistance  in  thi 
worthwhile  effort." 

Since  1925,  the  Duke  En 
dowment  has  awarded  ovej 
$460,000  to  the  Free  Will  Baptiss 
Children's  Home  for  operating 
costs  and  special  programs. 

The  Endowment,  establishe< 
by  James  B.  Duke  in  1924 
assists  nonprofit  hospitals  an< 
child  care  institutions  in  Nortli 
and  South  Carolina;  ruraj 
United  Methodist  churches  an< 
retired  ministers  in  Nortl 
Carolina;  and  four  educationa 
institutions:  Duke,  Furmai 
and  Johnson  C.  Smith  Univer 
sities,  and  Davidson  College. 

One  of  the  nation's  larges 
private  foundations,  the  198! 
market  value  of  the  Endow 
ment's  assets  was  approx 
imately  $498  million.  Since  1924; 
trustees  have  awarded  grants 
totaling  over  $644  million  to  th( 
beneficiaries  selected  b;,1 
James  B.  Duke.  Grants  madf 
during  1983  totaled  $36.} 
million. 


CAMPBELL  SOUP  AND 
U-HAUL  COMPANIES 
MAKE  DONATIONS 


Campbell  Soup  Company  o 
Maxton,  North  Carolina 
donated  405  cases  of  soup  to  th< 
Home.  This  soup  will  be  used  t< 


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10 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS1 


Hi  i  THE 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

by  Bass  Mitchell 
f   art  IV :  Resources  for  Leaders 
s  ; in  Christian  Education 

3'  'len,  Mavis  and  Max  Caldwell,  Com- 
f  pilers.  Helping  Teachers  Teach. 
L   Nashville:  Convention  Press,  1976. 

lazier,  Kenneth  D.,  Building  An  Ef- 
f   fective  Church  School.  Valley  Forge : 

Judson  Press,  1976. 
3      Growing   Church   School.  Valley 
1    Forge:  Judson  Press,  1978. 
I   jlly,  Iris.  New  Life  for  Your  Sunday 

School.  New  York:  The  Seabury 
,i    Press,  1979. 

uckert,  Mary.  Help!  I  Run  a  Sunday 

School.  Philadelphia :  The  Westminis- 
i'  I  ter  Press,  1971. 

Idge,  Findley.  Helping  the  Teacher. 
ir    Nashville:  Broadman  Press,  1959. 
.  legal,  Bob.  Sunday  School  Director's 

■Handbook.  Nashville:  Convention 
1  I  Press,  1979. 

■  loodykoontz,  Harry  and  Betty.  Train- 
ing to  Teach:  A  Basic  Course  in 
i    Christian  Education.  Philadelphia: 
The  Westminister  Press,  1961. 
riggs,  Donald.  Teaching  Teachers  to 
'    Teach.  Nashville:  Abingdon  Press. 
I  ohnson,  Douglas.  The  Care  and  Feed- 
r,  |  inflr  of  Volunteers.  Nashville:  Abing- 
,  j  don  Press,  1978,  5th  printing  in  1981. 
,  ones,  Idris.  The  Superintendent  Plans 
His   Work.    Valley  Forge :  Judson 
Press,  1951,  14th  printing  in  1981. 
I  iynn,  Robert  and  Elliott  Wright.  The 
Big  Little  School:  200  Years  of  the 
1  ;i  Sunday  School.  Nashville:  Abingdon 
!  Press,  1971  and  1980. 
filler,  Randolph  Crump.  Education  for 
Christian  Living.   Englewood  Cliffs, 
New  Jersey:  Prentice-Hall,  1956. 
)lson,  Richard.  The  Pastor's  Role  in 
Educational  Ministry.  Philadephia: 
Fortress  Press,  1974. 
3owers,  Bruce,  Editor.  Christian  Edu- 
i  cation  Handbook.  Nashville:  Broad- 
man  Press,  1981. 
^usbuldt,    Richard.    Basic  Teacher 
Skills.  Valley  Forge:  Judson  Press, 
'  1981. 

smart,  James.  The  Teaching  Ministry 
of  the   Church.    Philadephia:  The 

I  Westminister  Press,  1954. 

taylor,  Marvin,  Editor.  Religious  Edu- 
cation: A  Comprehensive  Survey. 
Nashville:  Abingdon  Press,  1960. 

An  Introduction  to  Christian  Education. 
Nashville:  Abingdon  Press,  1966. 

Vieth,  Paul.  The  Church  School.  Phila- 
delphia: Christian  Education  Press, 

i  1957. 

Some  of  these  works  are  out 
of  print.  However,  your  local 
(public  library  may  have  some 
of  them  or  could  get  them  for 
'you  through  their  loan  system. 
Moye  Library  on  the  campus  of 
(Continued  on  Page  12) 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


I  Mount  Olive  College 

THE  CLARENCE  F.  BO  WEN  SCHOLARSHIP  ENDOWMENT 


An  endowment  in  memory  of  the  late  Rev.  Clarence  F.  Bowen 
has  been  established  at  Mount  Olive  College  by  the  Board  of 
Foreign  Missions  of  the  North  Carolina  State  Convention  of 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists. 

Mr.  Bowen,  a  well-known  and  beloved  Free  Will  Baptist 
minister,  died  January  22, 1984,  at  the  age  of  72.  He  served  for  more 
than  twenty  years  on  the  Board  of  Foreign  Missions  and  at  the  time 
of  his  death  was  an  honorary  life  member.  Income  from  the  Bowen 
Endowment  will  be  used  to  provide  scholarships  for  students 
preparing  for  missionary  service. 

The  Rev.  Harold  Jones,  director-treasurer  of  the  Board  of 
Foreign  Missions,  announced  a  $1,000  contribution  to  the  Endow- 
ment at  the  World  Missions  Rally  held  at  Mount  Olive  College, 
March  9.  He  stated  that  the  Endowment  was  open  to  receive  addi- 
tional gifts  from  individual  friends  of  Mr.  Bowen,  churches  and 
church  organizations.  Gifts  for  this  purpose  should  be  sent  to  Mount 
Olive  College,  Mount  Olive,  North  Carolina  28365,  and  designated 
"Bowen  Endowment  Fund." 

A  native  of  Person  County,  Mr.  Bowen  was  ordained  by  the 
North  Carolina  Western  Conference  of  Original  Free  Will  Baptists 
in  1937.  He  earned  an  Associate  in  Arts  degree  from  Campbell 
University  and  a  Bachelor's  degree  from  Wake  Forest  University. 
At  both  institutions  Mr.  Bowen  served  as  student  body  president 
and  distinguished  himself  in  both  scholarship  and  leadership.  His 
Masters  degree  was  earned  at  George  Peabody  College,  Nashville, 
Tennessee,  while  he  was  on  the  faculty  of  Free  Will  Baptist  Bible 
College. 

His  pastorates  included  Spring  Hill,  Pleasant  Plain,  Selma, 
Kenly,  Stoney  Creek  and  First  Church  in  Wilson  in  the  Western 
Conference ;  Corinth  Church  in  the  Albemarle  Conference ;  Rose  of 
Sharon  and  Pleasant  Hill  Churches  in  the  Central  Conference ;  and 
Shady  Grove  Church  in  the  Cape  Fear  Conference,  all  in  North 
Carolina.  In  Tennessee  he  served  East  Nashville  and  Horton 
Heights  Churches  in  Nashville.  In  recognition  of  his  outstanding 
pastoral  services,  Mr.  Bowen  was  chosen  "Minister  of  the  Year"  in 
1973  by  the  North  Carolina  State  Ministerial  Association. 

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11 


Mr.  Bowen's  services  to  Free  Will  Baptists  were  many  and 
varied  and  included  President  of  the  North  Carolina  State  Conven- 
tion; Moderator  of  the  Western  Conference  and  Chairman  of  the 
Board  of  Ordination;  Secretary-Treasurer  of  the  First  Western 
Union  Meeting;  Field  Secretary  of  Free  Will  Baptist  Leagues  in 
North  Carolina;  Moderator  of  the  Cape  Fear  Conference;  member 
of  the  Chaplain's  Commission  of  the  North  Carolina  State  Conven- 
tion, writer  of  The  Advanced  Quarterly,  The  Young  Adults' 
Quarterly,  and  numerous  other  publications  of  the  Free  Will  Bap- 
tist Press,  Ayden,  North  Carolina. 

Services  outside  of  North  Carolina  included  promotional  direc- 
tor of  the  National  League  Board,  Secretary  of  the  National 
Association  of  Free  Will  Baptists,  and  President  of  the  Tennessee 
State  Convention. 

Mr.  Bowen  and  his  wife,  Rose  G.  Bowen,  co-authored  many 
publications  for  the  Woman's  Auxiliary  work. 

In  addition  to  his  wife,  who  resides  in  Ayden,  Mr.  Bowen  is  sur- 
vived by  one  son,  C.  F.  "Jeff"  Bowen  Jr.,  of  Greensboro. 

FORTY  MORE  SEATS  CONTRIBUTED  TO  COLLEGE  HALL 

During  the  week  of  March  6-12,  forty  seats  were  contributed  to 
College  Hall:  thirty-six  chairs  and  four  bleacher  seats. 

The  total  number  of  chairs  contributed  to  date  is  891  toward  a 
goal  of  800.  The  number  of  bleacher  seats  given  or  pledged  now 
totals  311%  toward  a  goal  of  1,200,  leaving  a  balance  of  888%. 

The  cost  of  sponsoring  a  bleacher  is  $100.  The  bleacher  seats  in 
College  Hall  are  the  first  of  their  kind  to  be  installed  in  the 
southeastern  section  of  the  United  States.  They  are  contoured  for 
body  comfort  and  will  include  a  back. 

All  donors  to  College  Hall  will  be  recognized  with  appropriate 
plaques  or  charts  in  the  lobby ;  in  addition,  the  bleacher  seats  will 
feature  a  nameplate  which  will  include  the  name  of  the  donor  and 
the  person(s)  honored  or  memorialized. 

By  using  both  chairs  and  bleachers,  the  main  floor  of  College 
Hall  will  seat  2,000  people  for  conventions.  We  hope  to  have  all  seats 
sponsored  in  time  for  recognition  at  the  State  Convention  in 
September. 


Summary  of  Bleacher  Seats  Through  March  12 

Contributed 
Goal  or  Pledged 

Bleachers  ($100  each)  1,200  311% 


Chairs:  March  6-12 

Donors 

Mr.  and  Airs.  E.  C.  Averette  Jr.,  Winterville 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Burney  L.  Tucker,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Leroy  Bibbs 

By  Toni  and  Ellis  Banks,  Winterville 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lyman  Grubbs 

By  Toni  and  Ellis  Banks,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Henry  T.  Pope  Sr. 

By  Mrs.  Zelma  Pope,  Kenly 
Saint  Mary's  Grove  Church,  Benson 
In  Honor  of  Debra  M.  Sasser 

By  Mr.  W.  Gray  Sasser,  Selma 
In  Honor  of  W.  Gray  Sasser 

By  Debra  M.  Sasser,  Selma 
In  Memory  of  Inez  Edwards 

By  Nursery  Class  of  Saint  Mary's  Church,  Kenly 
In  Memory  of  Nancy  Craft  Barfield  and  Eli  Craft 

By  Hattie  Summerlin,  Kenly 
First  Church  of  Williamston,  Williamston 

(Continued  on  Page  17) 


Number 
of  Chairs 
1 
1 
1 

1 

1 

5 
1 

1 

1 

1 

4 


Balance 
Needed 

888% 


Amount 

$  50 
50 
50 

50 

50 

250 
50 

50 

50 

50 

200 


FORUM  TO  BE  HELD 
AT  COLLEGE  AUDITORIUM 

"The  Death  Penalty,"  a  o5 
hour  forum,  will  be  held  at  , 
a.m.,  March  29,  in  Collei! 
Auditorium. 

The  increasing  number  of  e: 
ecutions  nationwide  has  agai 
called  attention  to  the  questio 
of  capital  punishment.  The  r€ 
cent  case  of  James  Hutchiij 
has  focused  interest  on  th 
issue  in  North  Carolina.  It  is ! 
controversial  issue  that  cal 
forth   definite   and  highl 
charged  opinions.  The  form 
will  be  held  to  foster  health 
public  debate  on  the  questior 
Admission  is  free  and  open  t| 
the  public. 

Arguing  for  the  principle  c 
capital  punishment  will  b 
Donald  Jacobs,  District  A1 
torney,  Eighth  Judicia 
District.  Dr.  Calvin  Mercer 
professor  of  Religion  at  Moun 
Olive  College,  will  present  th 
case  against  the  death  penalty 
Each  presenter  will  have  twerr 
ty  minutes.  A  question  an< 
answer  period  will  follow.  Kei 
Dilda,  Mount  Olive  College  Pro 
fessor  of  Social  Sciences 
will  moderate  the  forum. 


NOTICE 

An  ordination  service  fo 
Frank  Thigpen  will  be  held  oi 
Sunday,  March  25,  at  3:30  p.m. 
at  Saratoga  Church.  The  ReV 
J.  C.  Yates  is  pastor.  Everyont 
is  welcome  to  attend. 

Central  Conference  Ordaining  Councj 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

(Continued  from  Page  11) 
Mount  Olive  College  may  have 
some  of  these  books.  If  not,  thej 
could  assist  you  in  getting  somt 
of  these  books  or  perhaps  pur 
chase  them  for  the  librarj 
there.  Our  bookstores  carry 
some  of  these  books  or  coulc 
order  them  for  you.  If  the  booh 
you  want  is  out  of  print,  yoii 
might  find  it  at  Stevens 
Bookstore  in  Wake  Forest,  at 
245  East  Roosevelt  Street, 
phone  919-556-3830.  Another 
possibility  would  be  to  have  the 
church  purchase  them. 


12 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS1 


OPEN  LETTER 


To:  All  Churches  of  the  Eastern  Conference 

From :  Core  Creek  Free  Will  Baptist  Church 
Cove  City,  North  Carolina 

Subject:  Challenge  Gift  for  Camp  Vandemere's  Faith  Fund 
Building  Debt  Retirement  Drive 

As  most  of  you  know  the  Camp  Vandemere  Board  of  Directors  last  year 
created  the  "Camp  Vandemere  Faith  Fund."  It  appointed  a  Board  of  Trustees 
and  began  a  Faith  Fund  drive  to  retire  the  mortgage  debt  on  the  camp  by  the  an- 
nual meeting  of  the  Eastern  Conference  this  coming  October. 

The  Board  of  Directors  felt  so  strongly  about  the  need  for  the  debt  retirement 
that  they  began  the  Faith  Fund  drive  with  their  personal  pledges  of  over  $11,000. 
To  date  over  $25,000  has  been  received  in  donations  and  pledges. 

Core  Creek  Free  Will  Baptist  Church  also  believes  in  the  need  to  retire  this 
debt  quickly,  and  in  its  quarterly  business  meeting  held  on  Saturday  night, 
February  4,  1984,  it  voted  to  make  an  immediate  "Special  Donation"  of  $1,000  to 
the  Camp  Vandemere  Faith  Fund  drive. 

Core  Creek  hereby  challenges,  and  urges  its  sister  churches  in  the  Eastern 
Conference  to  make  a  similar  special  donation  to  the  camp  to  pay  off  the  mort- 
gage quickly  so  that  our  continuing  regular  support  for  the  camp  may  be  used  en- 
tirely to  support  the  camping  ministry  and  not  to  pay  interest  charges. 

Don't  delay— consider  this  challenge  and  opportunity  at  your  very  next 
business  meeting.  If  the  debt  is  paid  off  this  year  we  will  be  able  to  save  almost 
$100,000  in  interest  charges  over  the  life  of  the  loan. 

Yours  in  Christ, 
Core  Creek  Free  Will  Baptist  Church 
Philip  H.  Wood,  Pastor 

P.S.  We  invite  all  churches  and  members  in  our  denomination  to  participate 
in  this  worthy  cause,  prayerfully,  and  also  financially  if  you  can. 


CAMP  VANDEMERE  •  FAITH  FUND 

To  support  its  commitment  to  Christian  recreation  I  (we)  will  give: 

A  one  time  donation  of  $_ 


Please  make  checks  payable  to  A  monthly  donation  of  $  

Camp  Vandemere  Faith  Fund  Per  month  for  twelve  (12)  months. 


DONOR. 


ADDRESS   HOME  PHONE_ 


CITY  STATE  ZIP, 

Business  (Firm  &  Address)  


Free  Will  Baptist  Church  Conference. 

Signature  


—  GIFTS  ARE  TAX  DEDUCTIBLE  AS  ALLOWED  BY  LAW— 

Send  donations  to:  Camp  Vandemere  Faith  Fund,  Wachovia  Bank  &  Trust  Company,  Marie  Whitford,  Box  406, 
Vanceboro,  NC  28586. 


'THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  13 


Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
MARCH 


25 


Scripture  Reading— Judges  8,  9 

A  CHRIST  THAT  SHINES  IN  DARKNESS 

A  father  took  his  son  into  an  art  shop  to  buy  a 
picture  of  Christ  for  him.  The  boy  was  shown  dif- 
ferent pictures  of  Christ  but  he  didn't  like  any  of 
them.  "No,  Daddy,  these  are  not  what  I  want." 
The  father,  thinking  that  his  son  didn't  want  a 
picture  of  Christ  after  all,  asked,  "What  kind  of  a 
picture  of  Christ  do  you  want?"  Promptly  the 
boy  replied,  "I  want  a  Christ  who  shines  in 
darkness ! ' '  The  boy  had  seen  a  luminous  picture 
of  Christ  which  shone  in  the  darkness. 

We  greatly  need  Christ  to  shine  in  the  night 
of  sorrow,  suffering,  testing  and  temptation. 
Only  He  can  illumine  life's  dark  pathway. 


As  we  follow  Him,  our  way  grows  increasing- 
ly bright:  "But  the  path  of  the  just  is  as  the  shin- 
ing light,  that  shineth  more  and  more  unto  the 
perfect  day"  (Proverbs  4:18). 


MONDAY, 
MARCH 


26 


Scripture  Reading— Judges  10,  11 

NO  SHADOWS  PERMANENT 
Dr.  Jowett,  the  noted  preacher,  once  saw  a 
total  eclipse  of  the  sun  while  he  was  traveling 
through  a  foreign  mission  field.  The  superstition- 
ridden  natives  thought  that  a  great  monster  was 
swallowing  up  the  sun,  so  they  beat  their  drums 
and  cried  out  in  fear.  When  the  eclipse  was  over, 
and  the  sun  was  shining  again,  Dr.  Jowett  went 
home  and  wrote  his  famous  sermon,  "No 
Shadows  Permanent."  In  it  he  pointed  out  that 
while  the  love  of  God  seems  sometimes  to  be  in  a 
state  of  eclipse,  there  is  a  law  of  the  spirit  by 
which  the  bright  hopes  of  the  gospel  always 
return.  There  are  no  permanent  shadows.  Even 
the  temporary  shadows  are  behind  us,  if  we  face 
the  light  and  walk  towards  it. 


Give  me  a  Bible  and  a  candle  and  shut  me  up 
in  a  dungeon,  and  I  will  tell  you  what  the  world  is 
doing. 


TUESDAY, 
MARCH 


27 


Scripture  Reading  — Judges  12-14 

A  LIGHTED  CANDLE  INSIDE 
While  preaching  in  Soul's  Harbor,  Colum- 
bus, Ohio,  I  noticed  a  nurse  under  deep  convic- 
tion of  sin.  She  sat  night  after  night,  the  picture 


of  dejection  and  distress.  One  night  she  yielde 
herself  to  Christ.  The  burden  of  sin  fell  from  h* 
heart.  She  became  radiant.  On  the  way  hoitf 
that  night,  she  stopped  at  a  store  to  do  somj 
shopping.  A  clerk  who  had  known  her  for  somi 
time  said,  "Why,  you  look  as  if  someone  had  jus 
lighted  a  candle  inside  you!"  "That's  right, 
said  the  converted  nurse.  "What  I  mean,"  sail 
the  clerk,  "is  that  you  look  as  if  you  had  jus 
fallen  in  love!"  "I  have!"  exclaimed  the  nurst 
"I  have  fallen  in  love  with  the  One  who  loved  m 
when  I  didn't  love  Him— Jesus!" 


Have  you  found  the  heavenly  light? 
Pass  it  on! 

Souls  are  groping  in  the  night, 
Daylight  gone! 

Lift  your  lighted  lamp  on  high, 
Be  a  star  in  someone's  sky, 
He  might  live  who  else  would  die, 
Pass  it  on! 


WEDNESDAY, 
MARCH 


28 


Scripture  Reading— Judges  15-17 

THEY  SEE  NOT 

A  businessman,  45  years  of  age,  was  drivin; 
along  a  Canadian  highway.  The  sun  was  shinui; 
brightly.  He  saw  what  appeared  to  be  drops  q 
rain  begin  to  fall  on  the  upper  part  of  his  wind 
shield.  Within  seconds,  all  became  dark!  Quickl; 
he  turned  his  car  to  the  side  of  the  road.  Blind 
ness  settled  permanently  upon  him ! 

His  experience  was  not  unusual.  Yearly,  ii 
Canada  and  the  United  States,  some  30,000  pec 
pie,  92  percent  of  them  adults,  go  blind. 

Only  God  knows  how  many  go  blind  tj 
spiritual  and  eternal  things.  They  have  physica 
eyesight,  "but  they  see  not."  "The  god  of  thi 
world,"  said  Paul,  "hath  blinded  the  minds  o 
them  which  believe  not,  lest  the  light  of  th 
glorious  gospel  of  Christ,  who  is  the  image  6 
God,  should  shine  unto  them"  (2  Corinthian 
4:4). 


What  a  privilege  is  ours,  who  have  seeing 
eyes,  to  help  the  unseeing  ones  to  see  the  "high 
of  the  world, "  the  Lord  Jesus! 


THURSDAY, 
MARCH 


29 


Scripture  Reading— Judges  18,  19 
LAMPS 
I  met  a  stranger  in  the  night 

Whose  lamp  had  ceased  to  shine. 


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I  paused  and  let  him  light 
His  lamp  from  mine. 

A  tempest  sprang  up  later  on 
And  shook  the  world  about. 

And  when  the  wind  was  gone, 
My  lamp  was  out. 

But  back  to  me  the  stranger  came- 
His  lamp  was  glowing  fine ! 

He  held  the  precious  flame, 
And  lighted  mine ! 


I'd  rather  light  a  candle  than  curse  the 
arkness. 


FRIDAY,  on 
HARCH 


cripture  Reading- Judges  20,  21 

MAKING  HOLES  IN  THE  DARKNESS 

One  evening  at  dusk,  Robert  Louis  Stevenson 
tood  as  a  boy  at  the  window  of  his  home  and 
patched  the  darkness  envelop  the  city. 
I  Robert,"  his  nurse  said  to  him,  "come  and  sit 
lown.  You  can't  see  anything  out  there." 

But  young  Stevenson  insisted,  "I  can  see 
iomething  wonderful.  There  is  a  man  coming  up 
he  street  making  holes  in  the  darkness."  It  was 
he  lamplighter. 

In  the  truest  sense,  Jesus  Christ  is  the  Divine 
lamplighter.  He  came  into  the  world  to  make 
holes  in  the  darkness  of  sin,  ignorance,  and 
kespair.  "I  am  the  Light  of  the  world,"  He  said. 


He  that  followeth  me  shall  not  walk 
farkness,  but  shall  have  the  light  of  life. 


m 


SATURDAY, 
MARCH 


31 


jlcripture  Reading— Ruth  1-4 

THEIR  MINDS  WERE  BLINDED! 
Years  ago,  young  mules  were  lowered  into 
toal  mines.  There  they  remained  until  old  age 
gendered  them  useless  for  further  service.  When 
;hey  were  brought  up  into  God's  sunlight,  it  was 
detected  that  they  were  totally  blind.  They  had 
;ieen  in  darkness  so  long  that  they  had  gone 
olind. 

Men  may  stay  away  from  Jesus  so  long,  go- 
ing headstrong  in  the  ways  of  sin  and  darkness, 
!;hat  they  ultimately  forfeit  the  possibility  to 
oecome  spiritually  enlightened.  Paul  said,  "But 
If  our  gospel  be  hid,  it  is  hid  to  them  which 
relieve  not,  lest  the  light  of  the  glorious  gospel  of 
phrist  .  .  .  should  shine  unto  them"  (2  Corin- 
thians 4:3,  4).  There  is  a  point  at  which  the  light 
bn  the  road  to  Hell  goes  out! 


Jesus  said,  "Ye  are  the  light  of  the  world. " 
Lights  are  made  for  dark  places.  Shine  for  Jesus 
wherever  you  may  be. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Treasury  of  Illustra- 
tions, Walter  B.  Knight. 


STATE  SUNDAY  SCHOOL 
CONVENTION 

Saturday,  March  31 

College  Hall 
Mount  Olive  College 
Mount  Olive,  NC 

Registration— 9  a.m. 


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MISSION  CONFERENCE 

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conference  will  be  held  at  Beulaville 
Church,  Beulaville,  North  Carolina,  March 
26-30,  1984,  beginning  at  7:30  each  evening. 
The  scheduled  program  is  as  follows : 

Monday:  Home  Missions  Workshop, 
Charles  W.  Crisp,  director  of  Home  Mis- 
sions; Evangelism  Sermon,  the  Rev.  Ray 
Wells,  pastor,  Marsh  Swamp  Church, 
Chairman,  Home  Missions  Board 

Tuesday:  Visitation  Workshop,  the 
Rev.  Dean  Kennedy,  pastor,  Haymount 
Church,  longtime  associate  Home  Mis- 
sions; Evangelism  Sermon,  the  Rev.  W.  S. 
Burns,  Home  Missions  pastor,  Eastwood 
Mission 

Wednesday:  Sunday  School  Growth 
Workshop,  the  Rev.  Charles  Crisp,  Home 
Missions  director;  Evangelism  Sermon,  the 
Rev.  Frank  R.  Harrison,  chaplain  and  in- 
structor at  Mount  Olive  College 

Thursday :  Film :  ' '  Planned  Parenthood 
for  Churches"  presenting  the  needs  of 
planting  new  churches;  Evangelism  Ser- 
mon: the  Rev.  James  Sowers,  Home  Mis- 
sions pastor,  Grifton  Mission 

Friday:  Workshop,  the  Rev.  Walter  Sut- 
ton, Eastern  Conference  Home  Missions; 
Evangelism  Sermon,  the  Rev.  Charles 
Crisp,  Home  Missions  director 

The  host  church  will  provide  the  music. 


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Sunday  School  Lesson" 


For  March  25 

JESUS  CALLS  ON 
US  TO  MINISTER 

Lesson  Text:  Mark  8:27-38 
Memory  Verse :  Mark  8 : 34 

"Cancel  all  appointments! 
This  is  a  matter  of  life  and 
death! " 

So  the  "necessities"  weren't 
really  necessary,  and  the  top 
priorities  were  sharply  reduced 
in  order.  In  life-and-death 
situations  men  cling  to  life  at 
all  costs,  hoping  to  postpone  the 
hour  when  death  will  have  the 
final  word. 

Jesus,  though,  reversed  that 
order.  His  mission  and  ministry 
became  a  matter  of  death  and 
life.  He  declared  values  greater 
than  physical  life,  and  He  pur- 
posefully surrendered  His  life 
day  by  day  in  service  and  final- 
ly in  His  crucifixion,  in  advanc- 
ing those  greater  values,  which 
all  added  up  to  eternal  glory 
with  the  Father. 

So  death  is  not  the  final  word, 
life  is.  Death  becomes  the 
gateway  through  which  life  is 
attained.  It  was  so  with  Jesus, 
who  emptied  Himself  of  glory 
and  became  obedient  even  to 
death;  whereupon  God  exalted 
Him  to  immeasurable  glory 
(Philippians  2:5-11).  It  is  so 
with  the  followers  of  Jesus,  who 
share  in  the  death  of  Christ 
through  Christian  baptism,  so 
as  to  become  alive  to  God, 
walking  in  newness  of  life 
(Romans  6:1-11).  It  continues 
to  be  so  with  one  who  denies 
himself  while  serving  others  in 
the  name  of  Christ,  and  so 
grows  in  His  likeness. 

Through  months  of 
preaching,  teaching,  and  heal- 
ing in  Galilee,  Jesus  had 
demonstrated  His  divine 
nature.  He  had  controlled  wind 
and  waves,  cast  out  demons, 
and  created  food  for  thousands 
from  a  few  small  loaves  and 
fish.  He  was  the  talk  of  the 
towns. 


Not  all  of  the  talk  was 
favorable.  That  of  the 
discredited  Pharisees  was  bit- 
terly hostile.  That  of  the  na- 
tionalistic zealots  was  tinged 
with  disappointment.  Looking 
for  a  Messiah  to  reinstate  the 
military  and  political  kingdom 
of  David,  they  had  been  excited 
by  the  demonstrations  of  Jesus' 
power,  but  disillusioned  at  His 
teaching  and  the  direction  of 
His  ministry.  But  the  common 
people  still  heard  Him  gladly.  It 
was  time  for  Jesus  to  nail  down 
the  elements  of  public  opinion 
and  to  establish  His  disciples' 
faith  in  relation  to  Him. 

On  the  face  of  it,  what  Jesus 
proposed  was  ridiculous.  His 
program  for  His  own  ministry 
was  unacceptable  even  to  His 
closest  followers,  and  the 
demands  He  made  on  prospec- 
tive disciples  seemed  even 
worse.  Who  would  give  serious 
consideration  to  such  outland- 
ish ideas?  From  an  ordinary 
rabbi  such  expressions  would 
mean  only  that  he  was 
demented.  From  an  established 
prophet  they  might  seem  mild- 
ly interesting.  Only  from  God's 
Messiah  would  they  gain 
credibility,  and  even  then  with 
slow  reluctance. 

So,  before  Jesus  could  set 
forth  His  plan  for  Himself  and 
His  followers,  He  must 
establish  some  ground  for  ac- 
ceptance. His  hearers  must  be 
firmly  convinced  that  He  was 
indeed  God's  anointed  Lord  and 
Saviour. 

For  additional  ground  of  ac- 
ceptance Jesus  could  point  to 
what  He  had  done  already. 
What  He  proposed  was  not  real- 
ly new.  It  simply  described  the 
way  He  had  been  serving.  He 
had  never  sought  nor  claimed 
any  advantage  for  himself.  In- 
stead He  had  always  acted 
from  compassionate  awareness 
of  those  about  Him,  seeking 
their  good  at  any  cost  to 
himself.  When  their  leaders 
scoffed  that  He  was  in  league 
with  devils,   and  when  they 


dogged  His  footsteps  with  car| 
ing  criticism,  He  continued  ,1 
serve.  When  the  thoughtieu 
throngs  pressed  upon  Him,  % 
He  had  no  time  nor  privacy  fi 
rest,  He  kept  on  teachin| 
feeding,  healing.  He  was  layirl 
down  His  life,  day  by  day  ari 
claim  by  claim,  for  those  E 
came  to  save. 

Jesus  knew  God's  will  ar 
God's  approval  as  somethir 
worth  dying  for.  Hence  He  he 
something  worth  living  for.  Ar 
live  He  did!  And  live  He  doe! 
His  years  on  earth  were  fe\ 
and  according  to  mari 
measurements  He  was  di 
prived;  but  within  thos 
measurements  He  compresse 
an  abundance  of  living  beyor 
imagination.  It  was  an  abui| 
dance  He  would  share  wit 
whosoever  will,  for  time  ari 
eternity.  He  is  worth  dying  fo 
and  that  discovery  is  th 
gateway  to  life. — Standar 
Lesson  Commentary 


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EDITORIAL 

(Continued  from  Page  2) 

know  the  Lord— she  could  see  these  individuals  "burning 
alive."  Whenever  she  tried  to  get  help  for  them  from  her 
"Christian"  friends,  they  were  too  involved  with  their 
"games"  to  care. 

When  are  we  going  to  stop  playing  and  get  about  the  task 
of  winning  souls? 

I  want  my  church  to  grow.  And  I'm  doing  something  about 
it.  Are  you? 


NEWS  AND  NOTES 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 

Praise  the  Lord  in  Music 
At  Elm  Grove  Church 


MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  12) 

Honor  of  Sunie  Hansley 

By  Folkstone  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Sneads  Ferry 
Memory  of  Oscar  Webster 

By  Nellie  Webster,  Thomas  Webster  and  Alice  Web- 
ster, Pinetown 
Memory  of  Henry  Watson 

By  Julius  and  Grace  Corbett,  Kenly 
Memory  of  Victoria  Watson 

By  Julius  and  Grace  Corbett,  Kenly 
Honor  of  the  Rev.  Lester  Duncan 

By  Free  Union  Church  Layman's  League,  Spring 

Hope 

Memory  of  Rosa  Proctor 

By  Saratoga  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Wilson 
i  Honor  of  Mrs.  Hattie  Bright 

By  White  Oak  Woman's  Auxiliary,  Bladenboro 
i  Memory  of  Dave  Fillingame 
»    By  Mrs.  Julia  Fillingame,  Vanceboro 
k  Honor  of  Hopewell  Church  College  Hall  Supper  Club 

By  the  Families  of  Hopewell  Supper  Club,  Four  Oaks 
hristian  Chapel  Church,  Pink  Hill 
ji  Honor  of  Alyne  Elmore 

By  the  Alyne  Elmore  Circle  in  Lee's  Chapel  Church, 

Dunn 

dwards  Chapel  Church,  Beaufort 

dwards  Chapel  Ladies  Auxiliary,  Beaufort 

/alnut  Creek  Church,  La  Grange 

ti  Honor  of  Beatrice  Andrews 

I    By  Theresa  Louze,  Debbie  Muraglia,  Missy  Long, 

Sandy  Long,  Michelle  Louze,  Tammy  and  Jay 

Lyczkowski,  New  Bern 
n  Honor  of  Mrs.  Julia  Smith 

By  Ladies  Auxiliary  of  Black  Jack  Church,  Greenville 

Totals 


Bleachers:  March  6-12 


onors 

ohn  Patterson  Furniture  Co.,  Mount  Olive 

l  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Edward  C.  Taylor 

By  Miss  Leah  McGlohon,  Winterville 
p  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Don  Ribeiro 

By  Miss  Leah  McGlohon,  Winterville 
/interville  Sunday  School,  Winterville 
a  Memory  of  Roy  and  Ruie  Mayo 

By  their  Children:  Dennis  Mayo,  Helen  Harrell,  Cecil 

Mayo,  Goldie  Beach  and  Jack  Mayo 

Total 


1 
36* 


Number  of 
Bleacher 

Seats 
1 
1 

% 

1 
1 


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50 
50 

50 
50 
50 

50 

50 

50 

50 

50 
50 


50 
50 
150 
50 


50 


$1,800 


Amount 

$100 
100 

50 

100 
100 


$450 


Wayne  Hargrove  and  Kenny  Barnes 

Wayne  and  Kenny  will  be 
praising  the  Lord  in  music,  at 
Elm  Grove  Church,  just  south 
of  Ay  den,  Sunday,  March  25, 
1984,  at  7:30  p.m.  Everyone  is 
invited  to  come  and  worship 
with  them  and  let  the  Lord 
bless  their  hearts  as  He  uses 
these  young  men  in  His  service. 


CHILDREN'S  HOME 

(Continued  from  Page  10) 

help  meet  the  nutritional  needs 
of  the  children  we  serve.  The 
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food  expenditures  down,  as  we 
continue  to  experience  rising 
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join  with  us  in  thanking  the 
Campbell  Soup  Company. 

U-Haul  Company  of  Raleigh, 
North  Carolina,  donated  the  use 
of  a  20-foot  Ford  truck  to  go  to 
Maxton,  North  Carolina,  to 
transport  the  soup  and  made  all 
necessary  arrangements 
through  a  Wilson,  North 
Carolina,  distributor.  We  are 
thankful  for  their  contribution 
and  assistance. 

Thank  you,  Campbell  Soup 
and  U-Haul  for  your  support  in 
our  child  care  ministry. 


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Editorial 


CONTENTS 


Editorial.  -  2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   4 

Foreign  Missions   6 

Mount  Olive  College   8 

Children's  Home   9 

Home  Missions  10 

Sunday  School  Lesson  11 

Family  Devotions  12 

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when  local  churches  send  the  "Baptist"  to  the  home 
of  every  member;  names  and  addresses  to  be  pro- 
vided by  churches.  Churches  are  billed  quarterly. 

Bundle  Plan:  Lots  of  25  or  more  "Baptists"  are 
sent  to  one  individual  who  in  turn  distributes  these.  A 
50  percent  discount  is  offered  under  this  plan. 

Bookstore  Hours:  Ayden,  Smithfield,  and 
Whiteville,  9  a.m.— 5  p.m.,  Monday— Saturday. 

New  Bern,  Wilson,  and  Kins  ton,  9:30  a.m.— 5  p.m.. 
Monday — Saturday. 

Board  of  Directors 

Dewey  Boling,  President;  C.  Felton  Godwin,  Vice 
President;  Ruth  Taylor,  Secretary;  Adrian  Grubbs, 
Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards, 
Marice  DeBruhl;  James  Billy  Hardee;  De  Wayne 
Eakes;  David  W.  Hansley,  Chairman  Emeritus. 

Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foundation,  Inc.:  Cliff 
Gray,  Executive  Director;  Bobby  Pennington, 
Financial  Director;  Janie  Jones  Sowers,  Editor  of 
Literature. 


Self- Examination 

Much  has  been  said  and  written  recently  in  relation  tc 
missions.  That's  all  well  and  good— but  let's  get  down  to  the 
heart  of  the  matter.  Just  how  mission-minded  is  your  family? 
Let's  see  .  .  . 

Take  a  few  minutes  and  answer  the  following  questions 
(truthfully,  of  course!).  Afterwards,  figure  your  score.  A 
careful  and  prayerful  review  of  this  may  explain  part  of  our 
problem. 

1.  Our  family  has  personal  friends  who  are  missionaries. 
 Yes   No 

2.  Our  family  prays  for  one  or  more  missionary  families  regularly. 
 Yes   No 

3.  Our  family  has  missionaries  stay  in  our  home  at  least  once  a  year. 
 Yes   No 

4.  Our  family  discusses  world  development  with  reference  to  missions. 
 Yes   No 

5.  Our  family  participates  in  our  church's  missionary  conferences. 
 Yes   No 

6.  Our  family  gets  at  least  one  missionary  publication  a  month. 
 Yes   No 

7.  Our  family  uses  missionary  prayer  cards  from  time  to  time  in  some  way 
in  the  family. 

 Yes   No 

8.  Our  family  makes  a  sacrificial  gift  at  least  once  a  year  for  a  missionary 
cause. 

 Yes   No 

9.  Our  family  discusses  Bible  passages  with  mission  implications  from  time 
to  time. 

 Yes   No 

10.  Our  children  could  express  the  idea  that  the  mission  of  the  missionary  is 
the  same  as  the  milkman,  business  executive  or  school  teacher. 

 Yes   No 

11.  As  parents  we  discuss  missions  with  each  other. 
 Yes   ___  No 

12.  Our  family  talks  about  and  accepts  missionaries  as  real  people. 
 Yes   No 

13.  We  read  and  encourage  our  children  to  read  at  least  one  missionary 
biography  a  year. 

 Yes   No 

14.  We  have  spent  a  family  vacation  assisting  missionaries  in  another  culture. 
 Yes   _____  No 

15.  We  have  nationals  of  other  cultures  (Christian  and/or  non-Christian)  in 
our  home  from  time  to  time. 

 Yes   No 

To  score— point  values  for  each  "yes"  answer  are  indicated  below.  For 
each  "yes"  you  have  checked,  add  up  the  corresponding  points.  Question 
numbers  are  followed  by  point  values:  1—10;  2—9;  3—12;  4—8;  5—5;  6—5; 
7_7;  8-7;  9-8;  10-6;  il— 11;  12-5;  13-7;  14-7;  15-9. 

A  score  of  70  or  more  means  mission-minded  children  are  coming  along. 

A  score  of  50-70  means  above  average  family  involvement  in  missions. 

A  score  40-50  is  average  (but  average  does  not  mean  good! ). 

A  score  of  40  means  definite  improvement  is  needed  to  produce  a  mission- 
minded  generation! 

(Examination  adapted  from  Berean  Mission  exam.) 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTK 


"Stretched  to  Serve" 

(The  Ministry 
of  the  Sunday  School) 

by  Marvin  R.  Waters,  Pastor 
St.  Mary's  Free  Will  Baptist  Church 

]  Saturday,  March  31,  the  State  Sunday 
[hool  Convention  will  be  sponsoring 
brkshops  for  Sunday  school  teachers  and  of- 
fers. This  year  the  workshops  will  be  held  at 
Ollege  Hall  on  the  campus  of  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lie. The  Convention's  workshops  will  begin  at 
l3..m.  As  a  pastor  I  can  only  encourage  the 
jachers  in  our  church's  Sunday  school  to  at- 
Ind.  In  the  end  it  will  be  a  matter  of  personal 
i  sponsibility  on  the  part  of  our  teachers.  I  am 
i  re  there  will  be  those  who  will  excuse 
lemselves  from  attending  by  such  reasons  as, 

■  went  one  year  to  the  workshops  and  they  did 
;>t  help  me  a  bit."  To  that  I  can  only  respond 
1at  the  accomplished  musician  never  learned 

Is  instrument  in  one  easy  lesson.  It  took  time. 

£  took  hours  of  effort.  It  took  from  his  or  her 
ne  for  other  things.  A  lady  watching  a  noted 
i-tist  draw  perfect  freehand  circles  asked  him 

f:)w  she  could  learn  to  do  it.  He  replied,  "You 

ust  practice  eight  hours  a  day  for  forty  years 
id  then  it  is  just  as  easy  as  this."  He  then 
w  a  circle  as  perfect  as  though  made  with  a 
>mpass.  One  bad  workshop  attended  does  not 
ee  me  from  my  obligation  to  learn  to  be  a 
\  jtter  teacher.  Even  a  teacher  with  years  of 
cperience  can  learn  how  to  become  a  better 
sacher. 

It  has  been  my  privilege  to  pastor  in 
lurch  situations  that  have  what  I  have 
erceived  to  be  tremendous  teaching 
linistries.  In  each  of  the  two  full-time 
<  astorates  I  have  served,  I  have  felt  satisfied 
lat  we  had  among  the  best  in  terms  of  the 
uality  of  teaching.  But  as  I  look  closely  at  the 
latter  of  teaching  I  realize  that  the  fundamen- 
,  il  factor  in  teaching  is  the  teacher  as  a  per- 
pn.  C.  B.  Eavey  has  said  that  "teaching  is  far 
lore  than  giving  instruction  or  causing 
;  nother  to  know.  Teaching  is  the  communica- 
ji  on  of  life.  The  teacher  teaches  what  he/she 
h."  I  find  that  the  best  teachers  in  the  Sunday 
chool  program  are  those  who  are  well-rounded 
i\  character,  in  body,  in  mind,  and  are  striving 
a  grow  spiritually.  The  most  single  purpose  for 
saching  a  Sunday  school  class  should  be  to  of- 

■  sr  the  pupils  in  that  class  a  living  Christ, 
teyond  that  there  is  the  purpose  of  building 
tiem  up  in  faith,  and  bringing  them  to  a 
ealization  that  they  are  responsible  beings. 
Tiese  pupils  that  we  teach  are  responsible  to 
jthers  as  well  as  to  God.  Being  a  Free  Will 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Baptist  does  not  mean  we  are  excused  for  ir- 
responsibility. Sad  to  say,  it  seems  that  many 
have  been  led  to  believe  that  "Free  Will" 
means  we  can  do  as  we  please.  (Perhaps  this  is 
an  indictment  against  us  for  refusing  to  require 
a  good  amount  of  educational  preparation  prior 
to  the  ordination  of  our  ministers! )  After  all, 
the  laity  of  our  church  cannot  be  expected  to 
rise  too  far  above  the  spiritual  leadership  of 
our  churches  in  terms  of  spiritual  depth  and 
understanding.  It  is  still  true  that  everything 
rises  or  falls  on  leadership. 

The  Sunday  school  teacher  who  will 
prepare  is  needed  as  never  before  in  our 
churches.  Training  the  mind  is  as  much  a 
spiritual  discipline  as  is  the  discipline  of 
prayer!  To  think  that  God  is  not  interested  in 
what  I  feed  my  mind  and  is  only  concerned 
with  my  "heart"  (or  emotions)  is  a  mistake 
that  will  yield  grave  consequences.  Though 
much  is  often  said  about  the  "calling"  of  the 
minister,  let  us  remember  that  ALL  Christians 
have  a  calling.  And  if  we  are  to  live  up  to  God's 
calling  for  our  lives  we  must  be  willing  to  pay 
the  price  in  self -discipline  to  grow  ourselves. 

Sunday  school  teacher,  the  call  to  teach  is 
a  call  to  prepare.  Leaders  in  business  are 
selected  from  those  who  have  equipped 
themselves  with  thorough  educational  prepara- 
tion. Leaders  in  industry  are  those  who  have 
been  thoroughly  equipped  educationally.  We 
seriously  hamper  the  work  of  the  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church  and  the  Kingdom  of  God  when 
we  fail  to  secure  the  best  educational  prepara- 
tion available. 

The  Bible  is  filled  with  examples  of 
preparation  for  effective  service.  Before  Paul 
began  his  great  missionary  ministry  he  spent 
some  years  in  diligent  study  and  preparation. 
When  Jesus  called  His  own  disciples  he  often 
took  them  away  for  periods  of  training  before 
commissioning  them  to  do  His  work.  We  do  not 
negate  the  work  of  the  Holy  Spirit  when  we  em- 
phasize the  importance  of  training  the  mind! 
Rather,  we  assist  the  Holy  Spirit  as  we 
cooperate  in  the  giving  of  our  minds  to  His 
work. 

When  God  calls  us  to  a  task,  it  is  foolish  to 
take  an  educational  shortcut.  Those  who  render 
the  best  service  are  those  who  want  to  learn. 
They  want  to  learn  new  ways  in  which  to  ex- 
press themselves  and  the  God-given  ideas  that 
they  have  been  equipped  with.  I  particularly 
liked  a  statement  made  by  Dr.  Burkette  Raper 
in  his  message  to  the  1983  session  of  the  State 
Convention.  In  speaking  of  the  difference  be- 
tween "indoctrination"  and  "Christian  educa- 
tion" he  said: 

"Indoctrination  is  a  way  of  enslaving  the 
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News  81  Notes 

FESTIVAL  OF  GOSPEL  MUSIC 


The  Down  East  Boys 

A  Festival  of  Gospel  Music  will  be  held  on  Saturday,  May  5, 
1984,  beginning  at  9:30  a.m.,  at  Eagles  Nest,  Mount  Olive.  The 
theme  of  the  festival  will  be  "Walking  and  Talking  With  Jesus." 
This  event  is  being  sponsored  by  the  North  Carolina  Free  Will  Bap- 
tist Layman's  League  Convention. 

The  program  of  music  will  include:  The  Down  East  Boys,  Pot- 
ter's Hill;  The  Watchmen,  Goldsboro;  The  Sentinels,  Durham; 
Danny  and  the  Singing  Ambassadors,  New  Bern;  New  Life  Singers, 
Wilson;  The  New  Creations,  Mount  Olive  College;  Quinten  Mills 
and  Deliverance.  Hollister;  and  The  Hall  Sisters,  Fremont. 

DANNY  AND  THE  AMBASSADORS 
TO  BE  AT  NEW  BERN  STORE 


Danny  and  the  Ambassadors 

Danny  and  the  Ambassadors  will  be  in  the  New  Bern  Bible  and 
Bookstore,  New  Bern,  in  celebration  of  the  store's  14th  anniversary 
on  April  14,  1984.  They  will  sing  and  sell  albums  from  11  a.m.  to 
2  p.m. 

Bibles,  books,  and  music  will  be  at  a  10  percent  discount 
(hymnbooks  will  not  be  included).  There  will  be  an  odds  and  ends 
table  at  give-away  prices.  Everyone  is  invited  to  come  and  hear 
Danny  and  the  Ambassadors  as  well  as  shop. 
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REVIVAL  TIME 
April  2-6 

PINEY    GROVE  CHURC;, 
Beaufort  County  ) 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Charles  Cri; 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  Walter  Pollaj 
pastor 

ROCK    SPRINGS    CHURC , 
Bailey 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The   Rev.   Lloyd  Harg, 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  Billy  R.  Nowe, 
pastor 


ST.  MARY'S  CHURCH,  ne: 
Kenly 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
(Prayer  room  opens,  7: J 
p.m.) 

The  Rev.  Robert  Ma, 
evangelist 

April  9-13 

WINTERVILLE  CHURC 
Winterville 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The   Rev.  David 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  Ed  Taylor,  pas  i 


Hini 


Cape  Fear 
Women  to  Meet 

The  Cape  Fear  Womai*! 
Auxiliary  Convention  will  « 
held  at  Hopewell  Church,  nei 
Smithfield,  on  April  11.  T« 
theme  of  the  convention  will  |i 
"Complete  Surrender."  Ti 
Scripture  will  be  taken  fn: 
Luke  9:23.  The  scheduled  pj 
gram  is  as  follows : 

MORNING  SESSION 
9 : 30— Registration 
10:00— Hymn,  "Glory  to  His  Name" 

—Devotion,  Betty  Strickland 
10:20— Welcome,  Louise  Crumpler  | 

—Response,  Thelma  Jackson 
10:25— Greetings,  President,  Gn.< 
Barbour 
—Business  Session 
ll:00-Hymn,  "I  Am  Thine  O  Lord" 
—Children's  Home  Report 
—Foreign  Missions  Report 
—Worship  Offering 
—Special  Music,  Host  Church 
—Convention  Message,  the  R 
Danny  Braswell 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTI 


I  ,j  —Lunch 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 
00— Hymn,  "Trust  and  Obey" 
H  ,    —Memorial   Service,  Frances 
!  Phillips 
(1 30— Reports 

—Mount  Olive  College 
^     —Home  Missions 

—Free  Will  Baptist  Press 

—  Cragmont 

— Superannuation 
—Youth  Report 
:  00— Business  Session 
«'  I    —Hymn,  "Take  My  Life  and  Let 
It  Be" 
—Adjournment 
'  —Benediction 

Jbemarle  Women  to  Meet 

The  Albemarle  District 
bman's  Auxiliary  Convention 
•ill  be  held  at  Shiloh  Church, 
inetown,  on  Thursday,  April 
,  1984.  The  Scripture  will  be 

.  jken  from  Psalm  37:4,  The 
pheduled   program   is  as 

I  jllows: 

MORNING  SESSION 
:  45— Registration 
i:  00— Hymn,  "Trust  and  Obey" 

—Devotion,  Mrs.  Connie  Liverman 
f  |:15— Welcome,   Mrs.   Margaret  W. 
Sheppard 
—Response,  Mrs.  Valerie  Myers 

—  President's   Greetings,  Miss 
Becky  Jo  Sumner 

—Recognition  of  Ministers  and 
i  I  Visitors 

—Appointment  of  Committees 
i:30— Reading  of  Minutes 
—Roll  Call  of  Auxiliaries 
;.  j):45— Mission    News,    Home  and 
Foreign 
—Offering  for  Missions 
—Hymn,  "Break  Thou  the  Bread 
of  Life" 
1:00— Children's  Home  Report 
f  |     —Retirement  Homes  Report 
—Offering  for  Children's  Home 
1: 20— Special  Music,  Host  Auxiliary 
1:30— Message,  Mrs.  Sandra  Jones 
2:00— Lunch 

AFTERNOON  SESSION 
1:00— Hymn,  "Have  Thine  Own  Way 
Lord" 

1:05— Devotion,  Mrs.  Eleanor  Moore 
1:15— Mount  Olive  College  News 
1:30— Cragmont  News 
'l:  45— News  from  the  Press 
2:00— Youth  Report,  Mrs.  Libby  Tay- 
lor 

—Committee  Reports 
—Treasurer's  Report 
—Announcement  of  Next  Conven- 
tion 

—Miscellaneous  Business 
—Reflections 

—Benediction  and  Adjournment 
tHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Governor  Hunt  to  Be  at 
Black  Jack  Church 

Governor  Jim  Hunt  will  be 
the  guest  speaker  at  services  at 
the  Black  Jack  Church,  Route 
3,  Greenville,  on  Wednesday 
night,  March  28,  at  8  p.m. 

Dedication  at 
Winterville  Church 

There  will  be  a  dedication  of 
the  fellowship  hall  and  Sunday 
school  rooms  at  Winterville 
Church,  on  Sunday,  April  8.  The 
time  of  the  dedication  will  be 
2:30  p.m.  Everyone  is  invited . 

Albemarle  District 
Youth  to  Meet 

The  Albemarle  District 
Youth  Convention  will  meet 
April  2,  1984,  at  7:30  p.m.,  at 
Plymouth,  First  Church. 
Everyone  is  invited  to  attend. 


ATTENTION  WESTERN 
DISTRICT  WOMEN 

Our  Convention  will  meet  on 
Saturday,  April  14,  at  Mount 
Zion  Church,  Nash  County.  Let 
me  remind  you  that  we  will  be 
voting  on  whether  to  keep  our 
Convention  meeting  day  on 
Saturday  or  to  return  to 
Wednesdays.  Please  be  present 
to  cast  your  vote.  I  am  looking 
forward  to  seeing  you  there. 

Donna  Holland,  President 


NOTICE 

The  Central  Conference  Or- 
daining Council  will  meet  on 
Monday,  April  9,  at  10  a.m.,  at 
First  Church,  Greenville. 
Anyone  having  business  with 
the  council,  please  call  the  Rev. 
Ray  Williamson,  at  758-4356. 

Ray  Williamson,  Secretary 


SEMI-ANNUAL  MEETING  OF  THE 
FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  HISTORICAL  SOCIETY 

The  Free  Will  Baptist  Historical  Society  held  its  semi-annual 
meeting  in  the  Moye  Library  at  Mount  Olive  College  in  February. 

The  Rev.  Edmundo  Gonzales,  president  of  the  Society,  pre- 
sided over  the  meeting.  Dr.  Michael  Pelt  read  a  paper  on  the 
history  of  Ayden  Seminary  and  Eureka  College,  a  Free  Will  Baptist 
educational  institution  which  was  established  in  1898  and  closed  in 
1929. 

The  Rev.  Ronnie  Hobgood  is  vice  president  of  the  Society.  He 
also  serves  as  program  chairman.  Gary  Barefoot  is  secretary  and 
Pam  Wood  is  treasurer  of  the  organization.  The  Society  will  hold  its 
next  meeting  in  November  on  the  college  campus. 


Pictured  are  members  of  the  Free  Will  Baptist  Historical  Society  who  attended 
a  meeting  at  Mount  Olive  College.  Seated  (left  to  right)  Claude  Moore,  retired 
Mount  Olive  College  history  professor;  the  Rev.  James  Evans,  pastor,  Memorial 
Church;  and  Miss  Leah  McGlohon,  librarian,  East  Carolina  University.  Standing 
(left  to  right)  Pamela  R.  Wood,  assistant  librarian,  Mount  Olive  College;  the  Rev. 
Ronnie  Hobgood,  pastor,  La  Grange,  First  Church;  Frank  Harrison,  chaplain, 
Mount  Olive  College;  Dr.  Michael  Pelt,  religion  professor,  Mount  Olive  College;  and 
the  Rev.  Edmundo  Gonzales,  pastor,  Rain's  Cross  Roads  Church. 

5 


Foreign  Missions 


BECAUSE  OF  YOU 

Over  the  past  three  weeks,  you  have  met  only  a  few  of  those 
won  to  Christ  during  1983.  They  are  Christians  BECAUSE  OF  YOU, 
but  Jose  and  millions  like  him  are  still  dependent  on  YOU  to  hear 
the  gospel.  Let's  make  1984  the  year  that  we  reach  more  with  the 
gospel  than  ever  before.  Our  goal  must  always  be,  "Till  the  Whole 
World  Knows." 


I  challenge  you  beginn^if 
TODAY  to  make  prayer  ,| 
world  missions  a  priority,  cjj 
is  ready  to  do  great  thill 
among  and  through  our  chun 
Your  prayers  will  make  a  d 
ference. 


WIN  THE  LOST  AT  ANY  COST 

As  we  look  around  us  all  the  fields  are  white, 
Ripened  unto  harvest  and  so  swiftly  comes  the  night. 
Christians  must  get  busy,  there  is  work  to  do. 
Here's  an  urgent  task  awaiting  you. 

Souls  are  crying,  men  are  dying 
Won't  you  lead  them  to  the  Cross? 

Go  and  find  them  help  to  win  them.  Win  the  lost  at  any  cost. 

Go  out  and  win,  rescue  from  sin,  day's  almost  done, 
Low  sinks  the  sun.  Souls  are  crying,  men  are  dying, 
Win  the  lost  at  any  cost. 


WORLD  MISSIONS 
AND  PRAYER 

Prayer  is  the  one  way 
available  to  all  Christians  to  be 
involved  in  world  missions. 
Through  prayer  we  can  love  the 
unreached  people  of  the  earth. 
Prayer  is  available  twenty-four 
hours  a  day.  We  can  be  in- 
volved in  world  missions 
without  a  moment's  delay.  Our 
lives  can  count  right  now  for 
world  missions. 

"Don't  ever  underestimate 
the  mission  of  prayer.  Prayer  is 
action! "  Prayer  is  the  one  mis- 
sion upon  which  all  the  others 
depend  for  fulfillment.  "The 
greatest  impact  any  of  us  can 


have  on  the  world  missionary 
movement  is  to  saturate  it  with 
prayer  and  lead  others  to  pray 
with  us." 

Harold  Lindsell  in  When  You 
Pray  (Baker  Book  House,  1975) 
confirms  this  view  of  prayer's 
limitless  power  in  missions : 

Distance  is  no  bar,  space  no  bar- 
rier, to  reaching  the  remotest 
place  on  earth.  Nor  is  the  power 
of  prayer  diminished  by  the 
distance  between  the  person  who 
prays  and  the  person  prayed  for. 
Men  and  nations  can  and  do  have 
their  destinies.  Decided  by  God's 
praying  people  who,  through  in- 
tercessory prayer,  wield  power 
greater  than  the  armed  might  of 
the  nations  of  earth  (pp.  52,  53). 


RALLY,  A  SUCCESS 

The  World  Missions  C< 
ference  and  Rally  were  a  gr< 
blessing  to  everyone  who  pi 
tended.  There  were  170  +  wj 
attended  the  daytime  sessica 
and  between  700  to  800  who  . 
tended  the  Rally  in  Collea 
Hall.  Dr.  William  Benml 
challenged  us  throughout  fa 
day  to  make  reaching  the  1(1 
our  primary  goal. 

I  have  heard  many  favorata 
comments  from  those  who  ■ 
tended.  I  believe  we  are  goia 
to  see  much  fruit  from  this  (in- 
ference in  the  months  ahead 

The  van  der  Plas  Family  ws 
commissioned  for  service  to  ta 
Philippines  during  the  Ral  . 
It's  exciting  to  see  God  cJ 
forth  servants  to  go  share  Fs 
message  around  the  wori 
They  left  for  the  Philippines  p 
March  16  and  arrived  on  Mai]i 
19.  Pray  for  their  adjustmel 
and  ministry  there. 

The  offering  during  the  Ray 
was  $5,561.21.  This  covered  te 
expenses  of  the  Rally  ajj 
helped  pay  for  the  van  der  PljS 
Family's  trip  to  the  Phil- 
pines.  Thank  you  for  a  great  • 
fering. 

Each  session  of  the  C( 
ference  was  taped.  If  you  wea 
unable  to  attend,  you  shot] 
order  the  tapes.  The  cost  i 
$3.50  each  or  $10.50  for  all  thr^ 
These  tapes  will  make  a  d 
ference  in  your  Christian  1] 
and  witness. 

Order  from   the  Board 
Foreign  Missions,  P.O.  Box  3 
Ayden,  North  Carolina  28513. 

Harold  Joi 


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March  is 
Foreign  Missions 
Month. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTI 


Rodgers  Cottage 

On  February  24,  the  Children's  Home  took  another  "giant  step" 
faith.  Rodgers  Cottage  was  re-opened.  Referrals  for  new 
jhildren  have  been  coming  in  at  a  surprisingly  high  rate.  Rodgers 
ottage  already  has  six  children  in  care,  with  additions  pending  by 
le  end  of  March.  Below  is  a  listing  of  children  in  care  at  all  of  the 
jottages.  Perhaps  this  will  more  clearly  reflect  our  growth  rate. 


State  Cottage 

Central  Cottage 

Rodgers  Cottage 

Parker  House 

(Independent  Living) 

On  Campus  Higher  Educa- 
tion 

TOTAL 


NUMBER  IN  CARE 

11 
6 
6 
4 


1 
28 


VACANCIES  AVAILABLE 
1 
6 


0 
13 


If  the  current  growth  rate  continues,  full  capacity  may  be 
lossible  within  six  months.  Things  are  happening  at  the  Children's 
lome !  The  ministry  of  caring  for  children  is  still  a  vital  part  of  our 
!enominational  work. 

More  information  about  the  details  of  Rodgers  Cottage  opening 
iail  be  coming  out  in  the  "Children's  Home  Life"  publication  in 
ipril.  In  that  publication,  you  will  be  introduced  to  the  new 
louseparents,  some  of  the  new  children,  and  you  will  be  given  an 
'inside  view"  of  the  preparations  for  Rodgers'  opening  back  in 
February. 


DEVELOPMENTAL, 
PLANNING 

!  On  March  8,  Mr.  Parker 
McLendon,  with  North  Carolina 
I!hild  Care  Association,  led  a 
'vorkshop  at  the  Children's 
Home  that  dealt  with  an  aspect 
)f  our  ministry  called 
'Developmental  Planning." 
This  term  implies  much  more 
than  the  idea  of  being  society's 
'life-raft  for  unfortunate 
children."  It  has  two  aspects,  of 
'which  one  cannot  successfully 
exist  without  the  other;  those 
aspects  are,  "Developmental" 
land  "Planning." 

jrHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


All  of  us  know  what  is  in- 
volved in  "planning."  It  must 
include  such  things  as  clear 
definitions  of  the  task,  an 
assessment  of  the  available 
resources  to  achieve  that  task, 
alternatives  of  possible  ways  to 
achieve  the  task,  plans  to  im- 
plement those  alternatives,  and 
clearly  defined  methods  of 
evaluating  the  accomplish- 
ments of  the  task.  But  the  idea 
of  planning  is  not  the 
"clincher."  It  is  the  concept  of 
"Developmental"  that  is  the 
key  to  successful  child  care 
practice. 


■Children's  Home 

Every  child  that  enters  the 
Children's  Home  comes  with  an 
entirely  unique  set  of  cir- 
cumstances. Consequently,  we 
must  begin  with  each  child 
where  HE  is,  not  where  we  are! 
Discernment  of  a  child's  per- 
sonal world  is  not  an  easy  task. 
It  takes  skill,  empathy,  clear 
and  accurate  information,  and 
much  long-suffering;  many 
times,  to  even  begin  to  find  the 
child's  real  needs.  Once  those 
needs  are  discerned,  the  child 
is  dealt  with  on  a  day-to-day 
basis.  As  he  progresses  through 
his  plan  of  care,  adjustments 
are  made  to  adapt  to  whatever 
needs  may  arise  in  his  personal 
and  group  experiences.  Thus, 
planning  is  a  daily  process  that 
evolves  as  the  child  develops.  It 
is  much  more  easily  placed  on 
paper  than  it  is  actually  done! 
But  this  is  REALITY  at  the 
Children's  Home.  Pray  for  us. 

CONGRATULATIONS  ON 
YOUR  ACHIEVEMENTS 

On  February  20,  seven  of  our 
residents  enjoyed  dinner  at  the 
Pizza  Inn  in  Wilson.  Willie, 
Jonathan,  Loretta,  Ericka,  An- 
na, and  Ann  enjoyed  a  delicious 
meal  of  pizza,  spaghetti,  salad, 
and  tea.  These  children  were 
rewarded  this  outing  due  to 
their  receiving  good  grades 
during  the  second  grading 
period.  We  are  very  proud  of 
these  children  for  their  hard 
work  and  accomplishments. 

A  special  congratulations  is 
extended  to  Ann,  a  seventh 
grader  at  Southern  Nash  Junior 
High  School,  who  was  awarded 
a  certificate  for  being  on  the  B 
Honor  Roll.  Congratulations, 
Ann,  for  a  job  well  done.  We're 
proud  of  you! 

SLEEPING  WELL 

Thanks  to  you,  our  children 
are  "sleeping  well."  In 
January,  we  issued  a  request 
for  donations  of  pillows  for  our 
children.  Your  response  was 
overwhelming!  We  received 
enough  funds  to  completely 
refurnish  every  child's  bed  on 
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Mount  Olive  College 

Endowment  of  the  Week 

MAMIE  M.  AND 
ARTHUR  KENNEDY 
FAMILY  ENDOWMENT 


Arthur  Kennedy 
June  5,  1917— March  13,  198k 

In  1967,  Arthur  Kennedy  of 
Beulaville,  North  Carolina, 
named  Mount  Olive  College  the 
owner  and  beneficiary  of  a  life 
insurance  policy.  In  1976,  he 
and  Mrs.  Kennedy  invested  in 
the  Pooled  Income  Fund  of  the 
College;  in  1977,  they  estab- 
lished a  Charitable  Remainder 
Unitrust  Agreement  with 
Mount  Olive,  and  upon  Mr. 
Kennedy's  death  on  March  15, 
his  family  invited  friends  to 
make  memorial  gifts  to  the  Col- 
lege. 

Income  from  all  of  these 
sources  will  be  used  to  fund  the 
"Mamie  M.  and  Arthur  Ken- 
nedy Family  Endowment." 
The  principal  of  the  Endow- 
ment will  be  invested  and  the 
income  will  be  used  to  "provide 
perpetual  support  for  the  work 
of  Mount  Olive  College  as  an  in- 
stitution of  Christian  higher 
education  sponsored  by  the 
North  Carolina  State  Conven- 
tion of  Original  Free  Will  Bap- 
tists." 

Kennedy  was  a  long-time 
member  of  Sandy  Plain  Church 
in  Duplin  County  where  he 
served  as  a  deacon  for  thirty- 
six  years.  An  ardent  supporter 

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of  Mount  Olive  College,  he 
served  on  the  College  Board  of 
Trustees  for  sixteen  years 
(1966-1982).  He  was  a  retired 
farmer  and  served  as  chairman 
of  the  Board  of  Coastal  Produc- 
tion Credit  Association  for 
more  than  thirty-five  years. 

In  addition  to  his  wife, 
Kennedy  is  survived  by 
four  children:  Mrs.  Tommy 
(Frances)  Fitzgerald  Bostic  Sr. 
of  Beulaville,  Hayes  Dean  Ken- 
nedy of  Pink  Hill,  Mrs.  R.  A. 
(Faye)  Willard  Jr.  of  Raleigh, 
and  Arthur  Frederic  Kennedy 
of  Marietta,  Georgia.  Three  of 
the  Kennedy  children,  Frances, 


Dean  and  Arthur  Frederic, 
daughter-in-law  (Mrs.  Dee 
Kennedy,  the  former  Tre\f 
Jeanes)  and  a  granddaught* 
(Melanie  K.  Seymour)  ail 
alumni  of  Mount  Olive. 

In  his  funeral  tribute,  Pres 
dent  W.  Burkette  Rape 
described  Kennedy  as  "on 
man  in  a  thousand,"  whose  lii 
was  characterized  by  justic 
and  mercy  toward  his  fe 
lowman  and  devout  faith  i 
God. 

"So  when  a  great  man  dies, 

For  years  beyond  our  kin, 

The  light  he  leaves  behind  him  lies 

Upon  the  paths  of  Men."— Longfellov 


COLLEGE  HALL  SEATING  PROJECT 
Mount  Olive  College 

During  the  week  of  March  13-19,  seven  chairs  and  sev< 
bleacher  seats  were  contributed  to  the  College  Hall  seating  projec 
Gifts  to  date  have  totaled  898  chairs  and  318  bleacher  seats. 

The  goal  of  800  chairs  has  been  reached,  but  882  bleacher  sea 
remain  to  be  sponsored.  The  cost  of  sponsoring  a  bleacher  is  $H> 
which  may  be  given  at  one  time  or  in  installments  ($25  quarterly  < 
$10  monthly).  Gifts  may  be  in  honor  or  in  memory  of  persoi 
chosen  by  the  donor  and  a  name  plate  will  be  used  to  recognize  tl 
donor  and  the  person  honored  or  memorialized. 


Summary  of  College  Hall  Bleacher  Seats 
Through  March  19 

Contributed 
Needed      or  Pledged 


Balanl 


Bleacher  Seats  ($100  each) 


1,200 


Chairs:  March  13-19 


318 


Donors 

Peace  Church,  Pinetops 

In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Tommie  Smith 

By  the  Children,  Richlands 
In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  Carl  D.  Lyons 

By  East  Rockingham  Church,  East  Rockingham 
In  Honor  of  Deacon  John  L.  Idol 

By  East  Rockingham  Church,  East  Rockingham 
In  Memory  of  Robert  Lee  Worthington 

By  Mrs.  Graham  T.  Olive,  Winterville 
In  Memory  of  Nannie  Hardee  Worthington 

By  Mrs.  Graham  T.  Olive,  Winterville 

Total 


Number 

of  Chairs  Amou 


$1 


$3 


Bleachers:  March  13-19 

Wayne  County  Pamona  Grange,  Mount  Olive  1 
Woman's  Auxiliary  of  First  Church,  Kinston  1 
In  Honor  of  L.  Marvin  Edwards  1 

By  Mrs.  Berta  L.  Edwards,  Wilson 
In  Memory  of  Anthony  Joseph  Christiano  Sr.  (Tony)  1 

By  Calvary  Church,  Wilson 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Walter  Rhodes,  Beulaville  1 
In  Memory  of  Mabel  O.  Bunch  1 

By  D.  W.  Bryant,  Stantonsburg 

(Continued  on  Page  14) 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIf 


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FREE  WILL  BAPTIST  STUDENT  DAY 
AT  MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

Free  Will  Baptist  Student  Day  at  Mount 
►live  College  in  January  was  well  attended  by 
outh  groups  and  their  leaders.   Becky  Jo 
umner,  state  youth  chairman,  along  with  over 
25  young  people  and  their  sponsors  met  with  ad- 
j,  nissions  personnel,  toured  the  campus  and 
heered  the  Mount  Olive  College  Trojans  to  a  big 
e  jictory  over  Newport  News  Apprentice  School, 
I  Jewport  News,  Virginia. 

Churches  represented  included:  Rooty 
[r  branch,  Walnut  Creek,  Rose  of  Sharon,  Piney 
jJrove  (Beaufort  County),  St.  Mary's  (Craven 
bounty),  Lee's  Chapel  (Sampson  County),  Long 
jtidge,  Black  Jack,  Sandy  Plain,  Oak  Grove 
Bladen  County),  and  Hickory  Chapel 
Albemarle  Conference). 

One  of  the  very  young  visitors  was  Donna 
!  farrish  from  Walnut  Creek,  who  came  with  her 
i  urother,  Tony,  a  junior  at  North  Lenoir  High 
School.  Donna's  comment,  "It's  funner  than  I 
bought. "  Many  of  these  students  had  never 
visited  Mount  Olive  College  before,  and  they 
Jvere  very  excited  over  all  the  possibilities 
waiting  for  them  when  they  graduate  from  high 
school. 


I  THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


EVANGELISM  CONFERENCE 


Every  year,  the  Home  Missions  and  Church  Extension  Board  helps  many 
people— pastors,  laymen  and  young  people— by  providing  an  Evangelism  Conference 
to  better  equip  them  for  an  effective  evangelistic  thrust.  Again  this  year,  we've  pro- 
vided extra  leadership  to  help  you  and  your  church  in  your  witnessing  program. 

SO  JOIN  THE  CROWD— become  an  effective  witness  in  your  community! 

ATTEND:  The  Evangelism  Conference  on  April  12  and  13  at  Marsh  Swamp  Free  Will 
Baptist  Church,  Rock  Ridge,  NC  (see  map  below). 

HEAR:  DR.  JIM  McCLUSKEY— Evangelism  Explosion  Seminar  Leader 
Subjects: 

1.  Biblical  Principles  of  Personal  Evangelism 

2.  Your  Church  as  an  Evangelistic  Base 

DR.  T.  M.  MOORE— Senior  Vice  President  Evangelism 
Explosion  III  International 

Subjects: 

1.  Evangelism,  a  Total  Ministry  Perspective 

2.  Evangelism  in  a  World-Wide  Perspective 

REV.  RAY  WILLIAMSON— Pastor,  Gum  Swamp  F.W.B.  Church 

Ray  is  a  dynamic  young  pastor  with  a  burning  zeal  to  see 
people  saved.  He  will  preach  on  Thursday  evening. 

GREAT  CHOIR:  A  combined  choir  of  Wilson  County  area  churches  will  sing  Thursday 
evening  under  the  direction  of  Mott  Batchelor. 


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Evangelism  Explosion  training  is  the 
most  effective  program  of  evangelism  in 
America  today.  Dr.  William  Bennett  uses 
this  program;  Dr.  James  Kennedy  uses 
this  program.  Many  other  success 
stories  are  being  written  with  this  pro- 
gram. 


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MOTELS 

Holiday  Inn,  Wilson— 919-243-5111 
Heart  of  Wilson— 919-237-3124 


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See  next  week's  issue  for  more  details. 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


ipr  April  1 

THE  WAY  OF 
THE  SERVANT 

Usson  Text:  Mark  10:32-45 
jemory  Verse:  Mark  10:45 

•  Why  should  the  Apostle  Peter 
ave  been  so  shocked  when 

Aesus   approached   him  with 
asin  and  towel  on  that  last 

flight  before   the  Crucifixion 

ilJohn  13:3-8)? 

Even  Jesus  had  never  done 
his  before.  The  apostles  had 
aten  with  Jesus  many  times, 
|nd  He  had  accepted  the  ser- 

l  ice  of  others  in  a  natural  way. 

l  ie  allowed  Martha  to  serve 
jlim  at  the  table  (Luke  10:40; 
John  12:2);  and  He  accepted 
he  ministrations  of  grateful 

i|7omen   (Luke   7:36-50;  John 

1)2:1-8).  There  had  been  other 

;  Passover  suppers  together,  but 
(his  was  the  first  time  Jesus 

liver  washed  the  disciples'  feet. 

I  The  occasion  of  His  last  sup- 
■  ier  with  His  disciples  called  for 

jWiat  Jesus  did.  Even  to  that 
|ate  hour  they  had  missed  the 
vhole  tenor  of  His  ministry.  He 
lad  come  to  serve.  He  served 
)y  teaching  and  preaching.  He 
served  by  casting  out  demons, 
lealing  the  sick,  and  even  rais- 
ng  the  dead.  The  greatest  ser- 
vice of  all  remained  to  be  ac- 
complished in  His  dying  for  the 

iins  of  men.  He  was  a  serving 
laviour.  With  the  basin  and  the 
owel  He  rendered  a  service 
greater  than  the  cleaning  of 
feet  with  water.  It  was  the 
Opening  of  minds  with  His 
beaching. 

II  The  conversations  recorded 
tn  today's  text  contributed  to, 
[but  did  not  wholly  accomplish, 
the  teaching  that  remained  to 
be  completed  some  time  later 
with  the  basin  and  towel. 

Jesus  was  nearing  the  conclu- 
sion of  His  public  ministry.  His 
work  in  Galilee  was  virtually 
completed,  and  He  was  making 
His  way  through  Perea,  the 
land  east  of  the  Jordan  River, 

'THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


toward  the  closing  events  in 
and  around  Jerusalem. 

Today's  lesson  on  "The  Way 
of  the  Servant"  is  closely 
related  to  last  week's  study  of 
Jesus'  call  to  ministry.  In  both 
instances  the  lesson  opens  with 
a  prediction  of  the  Lord's  suf- 
fering, death,  and  Resurrec- 
tion. In  both  instances  some 
negative  response  came  from 
the  "inner  circle"  of  the 
apostles.  Last  week  it  was 
Peter  who  responded,  "Not 
You,  Lord,"  to  Jesus'  predic- 
tion of  His  death.  This  week 
James  and  John  imply,  "Not 
we,  Lord,"  to  the  concept  of 
self-forgetful  service.  In  both 
instances  Jesus  rebuked  and 
corrected  the  error  by 
reference  to  His  own  life  and 
ministry,  past,  present,  and 
future. 

Each  lesson,  however,  makes 
its  own  distinctive  emphasis. 
Last  week  it  was  commitment 
to  ministry  through  confession 
of  Christ  and  denial  of  self.  This 
week  it  is  the  manner  of 
ministry,  through  following 
Him  whose  dominant  purpose 
was  not  to  be  served,  but  to 
serve. 

James  and  John  expressed 
selfish  concern  about  their 
rewards  for  following  Jesus, 
and  this  not  long  after  Jesus 
had  told  them  He  was  going  to 
be  mocked,  mistreated,  and 
finally  killed.  Rewards  there 
will  be,  but  Jesus  made  it  clear 
that  for  now  His  disciple  must 
concentrate  on  living  the  life  of 
a  true  follower  with  all  that  that 
demands.  Bearing  the  Cross 
must  come  before  wearing  the 
crown. 

The  apostles  finally  learned 
the  way  of  the  servant.  John, 
who  asked  for  a  seat  of  honor 
next  to  Jesus  in  glory,  found  joy 
and  satisfaction  in  par- 
ticipating with  Christ  in  the  af- 
flictions attending  His  ministry 
(Acts  5:40,  41).  James,  who  was 
partner  with  his  brother  in  the 
request,  was  among  the 
earliest  to  become  a  partner 


with  Jesus  in  suffering  physical 
death. for  His  cause  (Acts  12:1, 
2).  The  world,  of  course,  says 
that  while  this  may  be  noble 
and  heroic,  it  is  not  very  attrac- 
tive. So  the  world  imposes  on  us 
its  wisdom  opposing  the 
wisdom  of  Christ. 

The  brother  of  Jesus  wrote  of 
these  two  wisdoms:  "Who  is 
wise  and  understanding  among 
you?  Let  him  show  it  by  his 
good  life,  by  deeds  done  in  the 
humility  that  comes  from 
wisdom.  But  if  you  harbor  bit- 
ter envy  and  selfish  ambition  in 
your  hearts,  do  not  boast  about 
it  or  deny  the  truth.  Such 
'wisdom'  does  not  come  down 
from  heaven  .  .  .  But  the 
wisdom  that  comes  from 
heaven  is  first  of  all  pure ;  then 
peace  loving,  considerate,  sub- 
missive, full  of  mercy  and  good 
fruit,  impartial  and  sincere" 
(James  3:13-17,  New  Interna- 
tional Version). 


This  is  the  divine  wisdom  of 
service.  —  Standard  Lesson 
Commentary 


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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY,  1 
APRIL  1 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  1-3 

"I  AM  OF  PAUL'S  PERSUASION! " 

A  pastor  asked  a  dying  man,  "Brother,  of 
what  persuasion  are  you?" 

The  man  replied,  "I  am  of  Paul's  persua- 
sion." 

"You  don't  understand  me.  Of  what  persua- 
sion are  you?" 

"I  understood  you.  I  am  of  Paul's  persua- 
sion." 

The  preacher  shaking  his  head  said, 
"Brother,  I'm  afraid  I  do  not  understand  you. 
You  said  you  are  of  Paul's  persuasion.  What  do 
you  mean?  There  is  a  Methodist  persuasion,  and 
a  Baptist  persuasion,  and  an  Episcopalian  per- 
suasion, and  a  Lutheran  persuasion,  and  a  Chris- 
tian persuasion,  and  a  Nazarene  persuasion,  but 
what  is  Paul's  persuasion?  What  is  the  persua- 
sion of  Paul?" 

The  man,  smiling,  quoted,  "I  know  whom  I 
have  believed,  and  am  persuaded  that  he  is  able 
to  keep  that  which  I  have  committed  unto  him 
against  that  day"  (2  Timothy  1:12). 


/  believe  the  promises  of  God  enough  to  ven- 
ture an  eternity  on  them. 

MONDAY,  9 
APRIL  A 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  4-7 

SECURE  AND  ASSURED 

Some  years  ago  the  world's  longest  bridge 
was  completed  at  San  Francisco  at  a  cost  of 
seventy-seven  million  dollars.  During  the  con- 
struction of  the  first  part  of  the  bridge  no  safety 
devices  were  used  and  twenty-three  men  fell  to 
their  death  in  the  waters  far  below.  In  the  con- 
struction of  the  second  part  it  was  decided  to  in- 
stall the  greatest  safety  net  in  the  world,  even 
though  the  cost  amounted  to  $100,000.  It  saved 
the  lives  of  at  least  ten  men  who  fell  to  it  without 
injury.  In  addition  to  that  the  work  went  on  from 
15  to  25  percent  faster  with  the  men  relieved 
from  the  fear  of  falling.  The  knowledge  that  they 
were  safe  left  the  men  free  to  devote  their 
energies  to  the  particular  tasks  in  hand. 

To  be  assured  that  neither  things  present  nor 
things  to  come  can  separate  me  from  Christ's 
love  sets  me  gloriously  free  to  serve  with  glad 
alacrity. 


What  have  I  to  dread,  what  have  I  to  fear, 
Leaning  on  the  everlasting  arms; 

I  have  blessed  peace  with  my  Lord  so  near, 
Leaning  on  the  everlasting  arms! 


TUESDAY,  g 
APRIL 

/ 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  8-11 

THE  ONE  IMPORTANT  WORD 
Dr.  S.  D.  Gordon  tells  of  an  old  Christiaj 
woman  whose  age  began  to  tell  on  her  memor' 
She  had  once  known  much  of  the  Bible  by  hear! 
Eventually  only  one  precious  bit  stayed  with  he:1, 
"I  know  whom  I  have  believed,  and  am  pel 
suaded  that  he  is  able  to  keep  that  which  I  ha.4 
committed  unto  him  against  that  day."  By  an1 
by  part  of  that  slipped  its  hold,  and  she  woul' 
quietly  repeat,  "That  which  I  have  committe1 
unto  him."  At  last,  as  she  hovered  on  thj 
borderline  between  this  and  the  spirit  world,  he 
loved  ones  noticed  her  lips  moving.  They  berl 
down  to  see  if  she  needed  anything.  She  wa 
repeating  over  and  over  again  to  herself  the  on1 
word  of  the  text,  "Him,  Him,  Him."  She  had  losj 
the  whole  Bible,  but  one  word. 


But  she  had  the  whole  Bible  in  that  one  word] 

WEDNESDAY,  * 
APRIL 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  12—14-23 

ONE  THING  HE  KNEW 
William  James  Taylor,  alias  Bill  Hennessj1 
alias  Ed  Lynch,  alias  Tom  O'Brien,  learned  thd! 
he  couldn't  hide  from  God.  At  the  age  of  three 
behind  his  father's  saloon  he  acquired  a  taste  fc 
liquor  by  dipping  his  baby  fingers  into  the  dreg 
of  glasses  and  bottles.  Small  wonder  that  bj 
twelve  he  was  a  drunken  street  urchin.  After  tWj 
years  in  a  reform  school  he  lived  aimlessly  untj 
a  second  arrest  placed  him  in  an  industrial  irj 
stitution.  Gambling,  drugs,  and  drink  provided  j 
livelihood  and  made  him  a  constant  fugitiv 
from  the  law  that  kept  him  constantly  on  th 
move,  whenever  he  wasn't  serving  sentence.  Thj 
night  he  arrived  in  Chicago,  he  hurried  into  th 
Pacific  Garden  Mission  to  avoid  what  he  though 
were  suspicious  glances  of  a  policeman.  Hj 
returned  a  second  night.  Again  he  heard  thj 
testimonies  of  what  God  had  done  for  such  as  ht 
He  knelt  at  the  altar  and  repeated,  "God  be  mei1 
ciful  to  me,  a  sinner,  and  save  me  now  for  Jesus' 
sake. ' '  "I  cannot  tell  all  Jesus  Christ  has  done  fo 
me.  But  one  thing  I  can  do,  and  that  is  tell  other 
about  Him.  And  there's  a  lot  of  things  I  don'; 
know.  But  there's  one  thing  I  do  know.  That  i 
that  God  ain't  any  picker  of  persons." 


God  makes  a  promise.  Faith  believes  it 
Hope  anticipates  it.  Patience  awaits  it. 


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THURSDAY,  g 
lPRIL 

St 

1    sripture  Reading  - 1  Samuel  14 : 24  — 16 

FACT,  NOT  FEELING 
In  a  gospel  meeting  a  penitent  woman  was 
1  seking  salvation.  The  evangelist  quoted  to  her 
6  nxious  soul  the  assurance  of  Isaiah  53 : 6,  and  led 
er  to  simply  take  God  at  His  Word,  and  to  de- 
fend upon  Christ  for  the  remission  of  sin.  She 
/rent  home  rejoicing,  but  the  next  morning  came 
ownstairs  with  tears  in  her  eyes.  Her  little  boy, 
/ho  had  been  with  her  in  the  meeting  the  night 
efore,  asked,  "Mama,  what  is  troubling  you?" 
Oh,"  was  the  answer,  "last  night  I  felt  that  I 
/as  saved.  But  now  it  seems  like  a  dream.  I  fear 
am  deceived."  "Mama,"  said  the  little  lad, 
'get  your  Bible  and  turn  to  Isaiah  53:6."  She  did 
o,  and  read,  "The  Lord  hath  laid  on  him  the  ini- 
luity  of  us  all."  "Mama,  is  the  verse  still  there?" 
fYes,  my  son."  "Then  your  sins  were  laid  on 
\esus,"  said  the  wise  lad.  The  mother  saw  the 
ruth.  She  took  God's  Word  without  regard  to  her 
eelings,  and  then  God's  peace  came  to  stay. 


He  is  no  fool  who  gives  what  he  cannot  keep 
Ms  life]  for  that  which  he  cannot  lose  [eternal 

mi. 

jFRIDAY,  6 
APRIL 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  17,  18 

"IT  IS  WELL  WITH  MY  SOUL! " 
"Saved,  Alone!"  This  was  the  cablegram 
ivhich  Horatio  Gates  Spafford,  author  of  the 
nymn,  "It  Is  Well  With  My  Soul,"  received.  It 
'meant  that  his  four  children  had  gone  down  to  a 
watery  grave  in  mid- Atlantic,  and  that  his  wife 
bnly  had  been  rescued.  In  his  deep  sorrow  he  was 
Wondrously  sustained  by  the  God  of  all  grace. 
jOut  of  his  sorrowing  heart,  he  gave  to  the  world 
the  great  hymn  of  assurance : 

,  "When  peace,  like  a  river,  attendeth  my  way, 
When  sorrows,  like  sea-billows,  roll; 
Whatever  my  lot,  Thou  hast  taught  me  to  say, 

jit  is  well,  it  is  well  with  my  soul!" 

;   

If  we  live,  Christ  will  be  with  us:  "Lo,  I  am 
with  you  alway"  (Matthew  28:20).  If  we  die,  we 
will  be  with  Christ:  "I .  .  .  desire  to  depart,  and 
ibewith  Christ"  (Philippians  1:23).  Triumphant- 
ly we  exclaim,  "Whether  we  live,  or  die,  we  are 
the  Lord's"  (Romans  14:8). 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


SATURDAY,  w 
APRIL 

Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  19-21 

HIS  SHEPHERD  FOREVER 
A  Scottish  minister  was  instructing  a  small 
boy  in  the  home  of  one  of  his  parishioners,  and  he 
was  having  him  read  the  Twenty-third  Psalm. 
"The  LORD  is  my  shepherd,"  began  the  little 
boy ;  but  he  was  interrupted  by  the  old  minister. 
"Nae,  nae,"  he  said,  "ye  dinna  read  it  richt." 
Again  the  little  boy  began,  slowly  and  earnestly, 
"The— LORD— is— my— shephard."  But  again 
he  was  stopped.  "Nae,  ye  dinna  read  it  richt 
yet,"  the  old  minister  said,  shaking  his  head. 
"Now  watch  me"— and  holding  up  his  left  hand 
he  placed  the  forefinger  of  his  right  hand  on  the 
thumb  of  the  left  and  said,  "The"— then  to  the 
next  finger,  "LORD"— and  to  the  next, 
"is"— and  then  grasping  firmly  the  fourth  finger, 
he  said,  "You  TAKE  HOLD  on  the  fourth  one  and 
say,  'My.'  "  "Oh,"  exclaimed  the  little  boy,  "it's 
'The  LORD  is  MY  shepherd!'  "  Not  long  after- 
ward the  little  boy  followed  the  sheep  out  to 
pasture  one  morning,  and  later  his  broken  little 
body  was  found  at  the  foot  of  a  steep  cliff,  over 
which  he  had  evidently  fallen  by  accident.  The 
life  was  gone,  but  the  grief-stricken  parents  saw 
one  thing  that  cheered  their  hearts,  for  the  little 
right  hand,  though  cold  in  death,  was  clasped 
firmly  upon  the  fourth  finger  of  his  left,  and  they 
knew  that  their  little  laddie  was  safe  in  the  arms 
of  HIS  Shepherd. 


Many  things  about  tomorrow 
I  don't  seem  to  understand, 

But  I  know  Who  holds  tomorrow, 
And  I  know  Who  holds  my  hand! 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Master  Book  of  New  Il- 
lustrations, Walter  B.  Knight. 


"STRETCHED  TO  SERVE" 

(Continued  from  Page  3) 

mind  and  producing  an  authoritarian  men- 
tality. In  contrast,  Christian  education  is  a 
way  of  helping  people  grow,  to  stretch, 
thereby  equipping  them  to  serve." 

It  is  the  person  who  desires  to  be 
"stretched"  mentally  and  spiritually  that  will 
most  likely  create  that  same  desire  in  others. 

Our  State  Sunday  School  Convention  is  not 
perfect.  We  lack  in  many  areas.  But  one  of  the 
most  significant  happenings  in  the  church  year 
for  Free  Will  Baptists  is  that  annual  gathering 
of  its  educational  specialists— the  Sunday 
school  teachers  and  Sunday  school  officers. 
This  year  on  March  31,  we  are  hoping  for  the 
best  attendance  ever.  College  Hall  is  the  place 
to  be  on  that  day.  I  hope  to  see  you  there ! 

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MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  8) 

In  Honor  of  Charlie,  Michael  and  Sandra  Nobles  1  100 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Archie  Nobles,  Winterville 

Total  T  700* 

(Note:  A  Bleacher  Seat  previously  reported  by  Winterville  Sunday 
School  is  in  memory  of  Clyde  Hines  and  Randolph  Harris.) 


CHILDREN'S  HOME 

(Continued  from  Page  7) 

campus.  This  was  a  much- 
needed  project,  and  we  thank 
you  for  your  input.  With  enroll- 
ment increasing  almost  every 
week,  none  of  these  pillows 
which  have  been  purchased  will 
be  unused  for  very  long.  When 
you  lie  down  to  rest  tonight,  you 
may  be  blessed  to  know  that 
because  of  you,  the  children  in 
your  Child  Care  Ministry  are 
also  "sleeping  well." 


STAFF  PROVIDES 
EDUCATIONAL  AND 
VOCATIONAL  TRD?S 


On  February  22,  1984,  our 
three-to  eleven-year-olds 
visited  the  Sheriff's  Depart- 
ment and  Police  Department  in 
Wilson,  North  Carolina.  We 
began  our  tour  with  an  in- 
troduction by  Officer  Jimi 
Tant.  He  demonstrated  to  the 
children  how  information  on  a 
person  through  the  use  of  the 
computer  is  obtained. 

We  were  then  taken  to  a  room 
where  offenders  are  finger- 
printed and  pictures  taken.  We 
toured  the  jail  cells  and  learned 
about  the  daily  routine  of  the  in- 
mates. At  the  conclusion  of  the 


tour,  the  children  were  given 
honorary  Junior  Sheriff  Cer- 
tificates. 


Next,  we  visited  the  Wilson 
Police  Department  where  we 
received  an  informative  and  in- 
teresting presentation  by  Of- 
ficer Skinner.  We  were  shown 
the  different  departments  and 
what  responsibility  each  had  in 
regards  to  the  law  and  in- 
vestigation. Our  tour  ended 
with  a  "question-answer"  ses- 
sion concerning  crime  preven- 
tion. 

We  appreciate  the  help  and 
cooperation  from  all  the 
various  organizations,  agen- 
cies, and  businesses  that  have 
allowed  us  to  visit.  Since 
January,  the  children  have 
visited  the  Wilson  Fire  Depart- 
ment, Police  Department, 
Sheriff's  Department,  and  a 
tour  at  the  United  States  Post 
Office  on  March  21.  We  plan  to 
visit  the  following  in  the  near 
future :  a  school  for  the  hearing 
impaired,  tobacco  company, 
nursing  home,  travel  agency, 
etc.  The  staff  of  the  Free  Will 
Baptist  Children's  Home,  Inc. 
feels  this  is  good  educational 


and  social  learning  experienc 
for  our  children  and  hope  th 
we  can  continue  with  our  toui 


THE  GENERAL 
CONFERENCE  OF 
ORIGINAL  FWB 

In  the  early  1960s,  the  GeP 
eral  Conference  of  Origirl 
Free  Will  Baptists  began  I 
organize.  The  purpose  of  111 
organization  was  to  unil 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists  ill 
Christian  fellowship  for  the  a| 
vancement  of  the  Kingdom  I 
God  through  worship,  missiol 
and  evangelism,  educatiol 
literature,  benevolence  ail 
other  means  as  may  be  mutua 
ly  agreed  upon.  This  fellowshl 
recognizes  the  individul 
freedom  and  mutual  depefl 
dence  of  all  who  believe 
Jesus  Christ  as  Lord  ail 
Saviour. 

Through  the  beginning  yeaa 
of  the  conference  there  wen 
several  states  representing 
among  these  were:  Nortii 
Carolina,  Ohio,  South  Carolina 
Virginia,  West  VirginiJ 
Georgia,  and  Florida 
However,  time  has  taken  il 
toll.  In  the  past  conferentji 
meeting  (June  20,  21,  22,  198S 
North  Carolina  was  the  onl 
state  representing. 

We  would  very  much  like  111 
reestablish  this  fellowship.  Th 
can  be  done  through  letter  c 
phone  communication,  but  tli 
most  effective  is  personal  coi 
tact.  We  need  to  use  all  thre 
and,  as  you  know,  diplomacy  i 
of  the  greatest  importance. 

We  plead  for  the  prayers  <: 
our  ministers  and  churches  an 
also  to  increase  your  contribi 
tions  that  we  might  be  able  1 
carry  out  this  task  that  i 
before  us. 

Eespectfully  submitted 
Rev.  Steve  Hargrov 
President  of  the  General  Conferent 


1984  YEARBOOKS 
NOW 
AVAILABLE 


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VBS— A  REAL  MINISTRY 

I  


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ministry.  It  is  boys  and 
girls  singing  and  having 
fun;  it  is  teachers  telling 
Bible  stories  and  advising 
students.  It  begins  with 
churches  planning  and 
working  to  get  ready.  And 
it  is  all  worth  it  when 
young  people  (and  adults!) 
come  to  know  Jesus 
Christ  as  their  Lord  and 
Saviour. 

The  theme  of  the  1984 
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Paul,  this  curriculum  of- 
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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   4 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   5 

Home  Missions   7 

Foreign  Missions   8 

Children's  Home  10 

Mount  Olive  College  11 

Family  Devotions  16 

The  Christian  Nurturer   8 

New  Location  for  Winterville  Church   9 


Volume  99  Number  13 

April  4,  1984 
Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 

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From  the  Editor's  FenMttiHi 

Is  the  Church  Militant) 
Obsolete?  1 

There  are  two  basic  explanations  given 
whenever  the  cause  of  deterioration  in  any 
organization  is  being  sought.  The  first  explai ,. 
tion,  obsolescence,  claims  that  the  product  o.J 
service  rendered  by  that  particular  organiza 
tion  is  no  longer  needed  or  that  it  has  been 
replaced  by  some  modern  equivalent.  The  se 
ond  explanation  points  to  the  existence  of  int\ 
nal  failure.  This  reasoning  relates  the  organic 
tion's  inability  to  provide  needed  products  or 
service,  possibly  because  of  incompetence  or 
inefficiency. 

In  consideration  of  the  church,  let's  just 
assume  (as  so  many  do)  that  we  have  just  nr.1 
kept  pace  with  the  times.  So,  considering  ob-1 
solescence,  we  could  say  that  religion  is  no 
longer  needed,  that  churches  are  no  longer 
needed  and/or  that  current  methods  are 
hopelessly  out-of-date. 

Some  people  believe  that  the  church  has 
served  its  purpose— if  it  ever  had  one.  These 
dividuals  proclaim,  "It  may  have  been  useful 
as  a  device  for  social  control  in  the  days  befo» 
science  and  democracy  and  the  industrial 
revolution,  but  we've  outgrown  that."  Others 
agree  with  Karl  Marx  that  religion  is  merely 
the  "opium  of  the  masses,  serving  only  to  clolj 
man's  ability  to  perceive  his  problems,  dulW 
his  power  to  solve  them  rationally  and  scien- 1 
tifically."  To  this  I  say  that  man's  condition 
has  not  changed.  He  is  sinful  and  in  need  of  tl 
Saviour,  Jesus  Christ! 

There  are  a  good  number  of  people  who  s) 
that  churches  are  no  longer  needed.  Some  of 
these  people  concede  that  religion  may  linger 
on  in  some  form  or  another;  but  they  believe  \ 
will  do  so  without  much  of  the  "ecclesiastical 
encumbrances"  —bureaucracies— that  are 
weighting  it  down  today.  In  our  age  of  growin 
disenchantment  with  bureaucratic  organiza-  > 
tions,  churches  are  apt  to  receive  more  than 
their  fair  share  of  criticism.  Many  of  those  wl 
say  churches  are  no  longer  needed  are  conten 
to  view  existing  difficulties  as  being  the  result 
of  defects,  deteriorations  or  overextensions  th 
exist  within  any  type  of  organization. 

Then  again,  there  are  those  individuals 
who  could  accept  the  existence  of  religion  and 
"endure"  the  survival  of  churches  if  their 
beliefs  were  not  so  "absurd"  and  their  re- 
quirements were  more  "reasonable."  These 
people  claim  that  sectarian  differences  were 


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I  ijesome  a  century  ago  and  are  even  more  so 
i  lay;  they  say  that  with  the  advance  of 
>  ience,  belief  in  the  supernatural  is  untenable. 
I  ]i»r  the  church  to  survive,  they  claim  it  should 
jjt  require  uniformity  to  any  standards  or 
/escribe  any  certain  mode  of  behavior.  They 
sy  it  definitely  should  not  distinguish  between 
Use  who  are  "saved"  and  those  who  are 
'Dst."  According  to  their  reasoning,  only  a 
'jolerant,"  "reasonable,"  and  "relevant" 
rligion  can  survive  in  modern  society— and 
ten  that  is  unlikely. 
'  Before  continuing  let's  note  these 
£sessments  of  obsolescence  again:  It  is  said 
tpt  (1)  modern  man  no  longer  needs  religion; 
(|)  even  if  he  needs  religion,  he  no  longer 
reds  the  church;  and  (3)  even  if  he  wants 
rligion  and  the  church,  he  doesn't  want  them 
vth  "absurd  beliefs,  unreasonable  re- 
direments,  irrelevant  preoccupations,  and 
^Unctions  between  those  who  belong  and 
tpse  who  do  not."  Let  me  point  out  that  a  good 
limber  of  people  strongly  hold  to  these 
ijliefs— and  these  individuals  can  be  found  in 
{id  out  of  the  church.  But  let  me  also  hasten  to 
ad,  the  only  noteworthy  feature  about  these 
{ioms  is  that  they  are  directly  contrary  to  the 
<  idence. 

Those  who  plead  that  the  church  is  obsolete 
s  an  explanation  for  deterioration)  must  rely 
Lther  heavily  upon  a  similar  state  of  affairs 
iflicting  other  structures  similarly  engaged, 
jt  is  awkward  if  competition  is  thriving,  grow- 
ig,  proliferating  in  what  is  supposedly  a 
r^iformly  hostile  climate."  Such  an  occurrence 
'^sts  doubts  upon  the  whole  notion  that  the 
puble  is  in  the  times  and  not  in  the  organiza- 
|>n.  Yet  this  is  precisely  the  situation  that  ex- 
its among  churches :  not  all  religious  bodies 
|e  declining!  "While  most  mainline  Protestant 
^nominations  are  trying  to  survive  what  they 
)pe  will  be  a  temporary  adversity,  other 
^nominations  are  overflowing  with  vitality" 
pean  M.  Kelley,  Why  Conservative  Churches 
re  Growing). 

This  bears  evidence  that  religion  is  not  ob- 
|lete ;  churches  are  not  defunct  bodies ;  it  also 
mtradicts  the  contemporary  notion  that  an 
Acceptable"  religion  is  needed,  for  it  is  the 
lurches  that  are  not  reasonable,  tolerant, 
iumenical  or  relevant  by  modern  man's  terms 
j&t  are  alive  and  well  and  experiencing 
fowth!  I  must  note  for  the  sake  of  emphasis 
lat  according  to  commonly  held  beliefs  groups 
hich  persist  in  unreasonable  and  unsociable 
phavior  should  not  be  flourishing— but  they 
fe! 

Professor  George  R.  LaNouse  Jr. ,  Colum- 
ia  University,  has  studied  this.  His  research 
ailed  for  him  to  match  liberal  and  conser- 
ative  branches  of  several  denominational 


HE 


families  against  themselves.  While  the  liberal 
branches  seem  more  affluent  and  mobile,  while 
their  members  may  have  more  education  than 
their  counterparts,  while  they  may  seem  more 
attuned  to  social  and  demographic  trends,  they 
are  not  growing— their  conservative  branches 
are! 

Let's  face  it:  Churches  that  have  not  tried 
to  adjust  to  the  times,  to  "ingratiate 
themselves  with  the  world,"  in  most  cases  are 
not  declining.  There  is  no  indication  that 
religion  is  obsolete,  churches  are  outdated  or 
that  modernization  is  helpful.  This  causes  me 
to  suspect  that  the  declining  churches  are  not 
victims  of  changing  times  but  of  internal 
failure— they  are  not  able  to  provide  a  needed 
service,  or  at  least  are  not  doing  so. 

Perhaps  we  have  not  adequately 
understood  or  performed  our  essential 
business,  that  being  the  dispensing  of  religion, 
the  spreading  of  the  gospel  in  the  world.  If  we 
do  not  know  how,  it  is  time  that  we  learned!  If 
we  do  not  care  that  people  are  dying  without 
Christ,  we  need  to  examine  ourselves  and  our 
purpose  for  being  here. 

It  is  time  that  we  look  at  the  internal 
dynamics  that  are  at  work  within  our 
denomination.  It  is  time  that  we  make  "souls 
our  goal"  and  that  those  converted  be  dis- 
cipled! 

It  is  time  that  we  get  about  our  Father's 
business— in  other  words,  it  is  past  time  that 
we  go  to  work ! 


FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


DISCERNMENT 

AND 
COMMITMENT 


by  J.  A.  Davidson 

The  late  Ian  T.  Ramsey,  an  English  bishop 
who  was  one  of  the  more  influential 
philosophers  of  religion  in  our  time,  pointed  out 
in  one  of  his  books  that  at  the  heart  of  religion 
there  is  "a  discernment  which  provokes  a  com- 
mitment." That  points  to  a  basic  element  in  the 
development  of  personal  faith  which  is  biblical- 
ly grounded. 

We  begin  in  the  way  of  faith  when  we 
discern  that  God  cares  about  us  and  cares  for 
us,  that  God  wills  our  good  and  wishes  to  main- 
tain a  creative  relationship  with  us.  This 
discernment  is  probably  for  most  of  us— at 
least,  at  the  beginning  of  the  venture  that  is 
faith— a  rather  vague  and  puzzling  one.  We 
may  not  know  quite  what  to  do  with  it,  but  it 
can  be  enough  to  open  the  mind  and  heart  to 
God's  Spirit.  And  this  discernment  can  indeed 
provoke  a  commitment. 

But  what  does  religious  commitment  en- 
tail? Is  it  simply  a  matter  of  giving  intellectual 
assent  to  a  set  of  religious  propositions? 
Thomas  Hardy,  a  great  English  novelist  and 
poet,  said  that  his  long  dramatic  poem,  The 
Dynasts,  was  "for  mental  performance  only." 
We  sometimes  treat  religion  as  if  it  were  "for 
mental  performance  only"— essentially  a 
philosophy  of  life,  primarily  an  intellectual  ex- 
ercise. 

But  the  intellectual  playing  with  religious 
ideas  is  sometimes  more  a  way  of  evading 
religious  commitment  than  a  way  of  expressing 
it.  Aldous  Huxley  pointed  to  this  danger  when 
he  said  this  of  a  character  in  one  of  his  novels: 
"implicitly  claiming  to  be  religious  just 
because  he  could  talk  a  lot  of  high-class 
boloney  about  religion." 

Commitment,  of  course,  does  have  an  in- 
tellectual dimension.  The  venture  of  faith  does 


not  repudiate  intellect,  but,  rather,  demands  I 
our  hardest  thinking.  But  commitment  is  nevl 
merely  in  the  acceptance  of  beliefs  and  doc-  I 
trines.  Commitment  is  in  the  active  devotion  I 
all  that  we  have  and  all  that  we  are  to  what  vf 
discern  to  be  God's  purposes  for  us. 

But  we  Christians  tend  to  put  limits  and 
restrictions  on  our  commitments  in  faith,  limp 
and  restrictions  that  we  use  to  save  ourselves 
from  inconvenience  and  embarrassment.  Thej* 
is  an  old  story  about  a  man  who  at  a  revival  j 
meeting  "found  salvation";  he  fell  to  his  kne^ 
and  prayed  fervently,  "Use  me,  O  Lord,  use 
me  in  thy  work,"  and  then,  after  a  pause,  he  I 
added,  "I  mean,  O  Lord,  in  an  advisory  capal 
ty." 

In  the  biblical  understanding  of  it  commi 
ment  is  not  merely  something  that  we  do:  it  i 
a  biblical  insight  that  in  and  through  our  com 
mitments  something  is  done  to  us  and  done  fc 
us.  Commitment  is,  in  effect,  a  two-way  stree 
a  matter  of  both  giving  and  receiving. 

Commitment,  as  many  of  us  have 
discovered,  is  a  means  of  learning,  a  way  of 
coming  to  knowledge.  In  and  through  our  con 
mitments  we  come  to  know  God  better,  are 
helped  to  discern  His  purposes  for  us— and 
guided  to  deeper  understanding  of  ourselves 
and  of  our  relations  with  one  another.  Joseph 
Oldham,  an  English  theologian,  in  his  impor- 
tant book  of  some  years  ago,  Life  Is  Commit- 
ment, put  the  matter  in  this  way:  "There  are 
some  things  in  life— and  they  may  be  the  mos 
important  things— that  we  cannot  know  by 
research  or  reflection,  but  only  by  committinj 
ourselves." 

(Used  by  permission  of  Pulpit  Digest,  P.O.  Box  51!, 
Jackson,  Mississippi  39216.) 


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THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTK 


PLEASANT  HILL  WOMEN 
HAVE  COTTAGE  PRAYER  MEETINGS 


1  H 
I 


The  Pleasant  Hill  Woman's  Auxiliary  has  had  cottage  prayer 
reetings  recently  in  the  homes  of  two  shut-ins. 
1  On  Sunday  afternoon,  February  26,  they  visited  with  Louise 
]<itchell  and  her  sister,  Martie  Willoughby.  The  pastor,  the  Rev. 
lanry  Armstrong,  gave  a  devotion,  and  Nan  Pierce  read  a  poem. 
.<!  the  group  joined  in  singing  hymns  and  prayer. 


On  Sunday  afternoon,  March  25,  they  met  in  the  home  of  J.  R. 
id  Sarah  Pilkington.  Their  daughter,  Sabra  Pittman,  gave  a  devo- 
on  in  the  form  of  an  object  lesson.  She  used  eggs  to  show  how  God 
;  unable  to  use  some  people  because  they  are  empty  shells  or  hard- 
ened. But  those  who  are  fresh  eggs  can  be  used.  She  also  read  a 
3em,  and  Ginger  and  Cori  Bunn  sang  "Jesus  Loves  Me."  After- 
jards,  they  visited  with  the  Pilkingtons. 

'HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


HNews  81  Notes 

REVIVAL  TIME 
Through  April  6 

Grimsley   Church,  Greene 
County 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Don  Fader,  evan- 
gelist 

April  8-11 

Marlboro  Church,  near  Farm- 
ville 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Walter  Sutton, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Scott  Sowers, 
pastor 

April  8-13 

King's   Cross  Roads  Church, 
Route  1,  Fountain 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Mike  Scott,  evan- 
gelist 

The   Rev.    Bruce  Jones, 
pastor 

April  9-12 

Stoney  Creek,  near  Goldsboro 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Earl  Glenn,  evan- 
gelist 

The   Rev.    Gary  Bailey, 
pastor 

April  9-13 

Pleasant  Plain  Church,  John- 
ston County 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.   Floyd  Cherry, 

evangelist 
The    Rev.    Ernie  Price, 
pastor 

Otter's  Creek  Church,  Route  1, 
Macclesfield 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Cedric  Pierce  Jr., 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  Ralph  Ay  cock, 
pastor 

Piney  Grove  Church,  near  Al- 
bertson 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Marvin  Waters, 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  N.  Bruce  Barrow, 
pastor 

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April  16-20 

Union    Chapel   Church,  near 
Plymouth 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
(Prayer  room  opens,  7:15 
p.m.) 

The  Rev.   Bobby  Brown, 

evangelist 
The  Rev.  Swade  Benson, 

pastor 

Smith's   New  Home  Church, 
Route  1,  Deep  Run 
Time:  7:30  p.m. 
The  Rev.  Ray  Williamson, 

evangelist 
The   Rev.   A.   B.  Bryan, 
pastor 

Gospel  Sing  at 
Otter's  Creek  Church 

On  Saturday  night,  April  14, 
Otter's  Creek  Church,  Route  1, 
Macclesfield,  will  have  a  gospel 
sing  featuring  "The  King's 
Messengers."  The  time  of  the 
services  is  7:30  p.m.  Everyone 
is  invited  to  attend  these  ser- 
vices. 

Upcoming  Events  at 
Piney  Grove  Church 

Piney  Grove  Church,  near 
Albertson,  announces  that  they 
will  have  Easter  sunrise  ser- 
vice beginning  at  6  a.m.,  on 
April  22.  It  will  be  followed  by  a 
breakfast  in  the  fellowship  hall. 

Homecoming  services  will  be 
Sunday,  May  6,  at  Piney  Grove 
Church.  Activities  for  the  day 
will  begin  with  Sunday  school 
at  9:45  a.m.  Everyone  is  invited 
to  attend. 

Western  District  Woman 
To  Meet 

The  Western  District 
Woman's  Auxiliary  Convention 
will  be  held  on  April  14,  1984,  at 
Mt.  Zion  Church,  in  Nash  Coun- 
ty. 

Directions  to  the  church  are 
as  follows:  Take  581  North,  to 
64  By-Pass  East.  Take  By-Pass 
to  Momeyer  Exit.  Turn  left  tak- 
ing next  road  to  right,  and  then 
take  next  road  to  right  ;  this  is 
the  Mt.  Zion  Church  road.  Or 
when  on  581,  before  getting  to  64 
By-Pass  which  is  just  outside  of 

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Spring  Hope,  watch  for 
Ephesus  Baptist  Church  on  left. 
The  By-Pass  is  just  down  the 
road  after  passing  this  church. 

The  theme  of  the  convention 
will  be  "Look  to  Jesus."  The 
Scripture  will  be  taken  from 
Hebrews  12:1,  2.  The  scheduled 
program  is  as  follows: 

9 : 15— Registration 

9:45— Hymn,  "My  Faith  Looks  Up  to 
Thee" 

—Devotion,  Host  Church 
—Welcome,  Host  Church 
—  President's    Remarks,  Donna 

Holland,  Union  Grove,  Wayne 

County 

10:15— Hymn,  "Stand  Up,  Stand  Up  for 
Jesus" 

—Look  to  Jesus  with  Benevolence, 

Esther  Barnes,  Little  Rock 
—Look  to  Jesus  with  Missions, 

Nancy  Duncan,  Free  Union 
—Look  to  Jesus  with  Our  Youth, 

Suzanne  Coates,  Pine  Level 
11:00— Hymn,  "Living  for  Jesus" 
—Offering  and  Prayer 
—Special  Music,  Jennifer  Gudace, 

Pine  Level 
—Convention   Message,  Suzanne 

Coates,  Pine  Level 
12:00— Lunch 

1:00— Hymn,  "In  the  Service  of  the 
King" 

—Devotion,   Louise  Cuddington, 

Piney  Grove 
—Business  Session 
—Hymn,  "I  Surrender  All" 
—Benediction 

Cape  Fear  Youth  Fellowship 
News-n-Review 

The  Cape  Fear  Youth  Rally 
met  at  Shady  Grove  Church  on 
March  3,  1984,  at  7:30  p.m. 
Lee's  Chapel  won  the  youth 
banner  with  27 ;  Pleasant  Grove 
won  the  overall  banner  with  41 ; 
Haymount  won  the  percentage 
banner  with  12  out  of  12. 

Miss  Becky  Sumner,  State 
Youth  Chairman,  gave  infor- 
mation on  the  following:  State 
Convention  to  be  held  May  18, 
19,  and  20,  at  Mount  Olive  Col- 
lege, candidates  for  corre- 
sponding secretary  and  presi- 
dent on  the  state  level,  and 
Cragmont.  YFA  week  at  Crag- 
mont  is  Juiy  2-7  and  AFC  week 
is  July  9-14. 

Judging  on  arts  and  crafts 
projects  was  held.  In  the  YFA 
division  best  in  show  was 
awarded  to  Raleigh  Walker. 
Other  YFA  winners  were  Leigh 


Ann  McLamb  and  Chris  NorrL 
Best  in  show  in  the  AFC  dhsl; 
sion  was  Wendy  Smith.  Othd 
AFC  winners  were  Chris  Tev 
Amy  Willis,  Stephanie  Butlei 
and  Michael  Lee.  Best  in  iti 
show  in  the  Cherub  division  waj 
Misty  Smith.  Jonathan  Surk| 
and  Matthew  Canady  werj 
other  Cherub  winners.  In  th 
Creative  Writing  category  tlr 
AFC  winner  was  Christa  Kuh 
and  the  YFA  winner  was  Trac 
McLamb. 

The  Bible  Bowl  Competitio 
was  held.  First  place  in  th 
YFAs  was  Wanda  Fairclotl 
Janet  Howell,  Robin  Denninj 
and  Herman  Cottle  from  Plej 
sant  Grove.  Second  place  in  th 
YFAs  was  Tracy  McLaml 
Raleigh  Walker,  Jody  Barefoo 
and  Jenneth  Modlin  froi 
Shady  Grove.  First  in  the  AFC 
was  Greg  Jackson,  Can 
Surles,  Rita  Jernigan,  an 
Michael  Lee  from  Shad 
Grove. 

The  next  meeting  is  on  Apr 
7,  1984,  at  7:30  p.m.,  at  Lee 
Chapel. 


Pre-Easter  Service  at 
Plymouth  Church 

A  Pre-Easter  Service  will  I 
held  at  Plymouth  Church  cj 
April  20,  1984.  The  time  of  tt 
service  is  7:30  p.m.  Th 
scheduled  program  is  a 
follows: 

Piano  Prelude,  Mrs.  Lucille  Jones 
Song  Leader,  the  Rev.  Robert  May 
Hymn  48,  "At  the  Cross" 
Reading,  the  Rev.  Frank  Thigpen 
Prayer,  the  Rev.  Frank  Thigpen 
Welcome,  the  Rev.  Floyd  Burkey 
Response,  the  Rev.  L.  A.  Ambrose 
Special,  Plymouth  Church 
Lord's  Supper,  the  Rev.  Charlie  Ove 
ton 

Special,  "New  Day  Spirituals" 
Hymn  174,  "In  the  Garden" 
"Jesus'  Agony  in  the  Garden,"  the  Re 

Floyd  Burkey 
Special,  Mt.  Zion  Quintette 
"The  Trial  of  Jesus,"  the  Rev.  Aubn 

Williamson 
Special,  "New  Day  Spirituals" 
"The  Cross,"  the  Rev.  Joseph  Lehmar 
Special,  Mt.  Zion  Quintette 
Hymn  313,  "Just  As  I  Am" 

(Continued  on  Page  19) 
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CURRENT  HOME  MISSIONS  PROGRAM 

Current  Mission  Points 

Eastwood,  Fayetteville  The  Rev.  W.  S.  Burns 

Agape,  Raleigh  The  Rev.  Ronnie  Hall 

Grifton,  Grifton  The  Rev.  James  Sowers 

First,  Wilmington  The  Rev.  D.  C.  Hansley 

First,  St.  Cloud,  Florida  The  Rev.  William  Bronson 

Horton  Road,  Durham  The  Rev.  Harry  Brown 

♦Emmanuel,  Charlotte  The  Rev.  Ken  Hardison 

♦New  Work 

Camp  for  the  Deaf,  Eagles  Nest  The  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Dale  Albertson 

Ministry  to  Laotian  Refugees  The  Rev.  Bob  Harber 

in  cooperation  with  the  General  Baptists  (Five  Churches) 

Future  Plans : 

A  new  mission  in  Whiteville     ( As         hecome  available) 
A  new  mission  in  Morganton 


-APRIL  IS  HOME  MISSIONS  MONTH 


We  are  asking  all  our  churches  to  take  a  special  offering  on  Easter  as  a 
memorial  offering  for  Taylor  Hill,  our  first  director. 


THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


The  new  building  on  the  campus  of  Palawan  Bible  Institute  i! 
the  Philippines  is  taking  shape.  It  is  scheduled  to  be  completed  b 
May  1.  We  have  received  $21,718.79  or  1,447.91  square  feet.  We  stii 
need  contributions  of  $5,881.30  or  392.09  square  feet  to  finish  thi 
project.  Churches  and  individuals  can  help  by  donating  one  or  mor 
square  feet.  Cost  per  square  foot  is  $15.  Send  your  contributions  t 
the  Board  of  Foreign  Missions,  P.O.  Box  38,  Ay  den,  North  Carolim 
28513. 


THE 

CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

by  Bass  Mitchell 
Part  V:  Nurturing  Through  the 
Enlisting  Process 

How  we  go  about  recruiting 
teachers  is  a  vital  factor  in  hav- 
ing a  climate  in  which  they  will 
be  self-motivated.  The  way  we 
enlist  them  and  the  way  we  pre- 
sent the  teaching  ministry  will 
profoundly  influence  the  kinds 
of  attitudes  they  begin  to  form 
about  teaching.  Therefore,  we 
need  to  use  the  enlisting  pro- 
cess in  a  way  that  fosters 
positive,  uplifting,  and  inspired 
attitudes.  If  such  attitudes  are 
formed  at  the  beginning,  then 
they  will  serve  to  foster  greater 
commitment  and  higher  mo- 
rale throughout  the  teacher's 
ministry. 

Let  me  suggest  some  ways 
you  can  use  the  enlisting  pro- 
cess to  help  create  a  motiva- 
tional climate. 

First,  set  a  time  to  meet  with 
the  prospective  teacher  when 
you  both  have  privacy  and  ade- 
quate time.  Ask  to  see  them  at 
home,  or  take  them  out  to 
lunch,  or  have  coffee  together. 
By  doing  this  you  are  saying,  "I 
have  an  important  and  serious 
matter  I  would  like  to  discuss 
with  you."  Never  try  to  enlist  a 
teacher  on  the  spur  of  the  mo- 
ment in  the  hallway  before  or 
after  the  Sunday  school  session. 
This  conveys  the  attitude  that 
teaching  is  so  insignificant  that 
the  person  can  make  a  decision 
about  it  in  thirty  seconds!  Meet 
with  them  in  a  friendly  and 
relaxed  environment.  Never 
press  them  for  an  immediate 
answer.  Encourage  them  to 
take  time  and  pray  about  it.  Do 
you  begin  to  see  the  kinds  of  at- 
titudes this  approach  conveys 
about  teaching? 

Second,  share  with  them  why 
you  and  the  nominating  com- 
mittee feel  they  are  the  best 
persons  for  the  jobs.  They  want 
to  know  what  you  see  in  them 
which  qualifies  them  to  teach. 
Share  with  them  your  percep- 
tions of  their  gifts  and  abilities. 
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PBI  GARDEN 
RECEIVES  A  GIFT 

The  members  of  the  Spring 
Hill  Church  have  given  to  the 
Palawan  Bible  Institute  garden 
an  electric  water  pump,  a 
three-hundred-gallon  water 
tank  and  a  ten-foot-high  steel 
tower. 


These  fine  people  and  theii 
pastor,  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Bi! 
Dale,  became  aware  of  thj 
need  last  year.  They  accepte 
the  challenge  as  God's  will  fo 
them  above  their  regular  giv 
ing  to  Foreign  Missions.  Go 
proved  Himself  faithful  an 
they  completed  the  $1,100  fo 
the  project  by  the  time  th 

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aker  family  returned  to  the 
hilippines  in  June,  1983. 
In  June  when  we  returned  it 
as  the  beginning  of  rainy 
?ason  so  we  set  a  date  of 
anuary,  1984,  as  the  deadline 
>r  installation.  From  January 
)  June,  we  get  very  little  or  no 
ain  so  our  crops  in  the  garden 
sually  die. 

God  has  proven  Himself 
lithful  to  us  here  also.  We  are 
lankful  to  announce  that  the 
lectric  pump,  tank  and  tower 
rere  installed  on  schedule  the 
rst  week  of  January,  1984.  It 
as  been  in  service  for  about 
iree  weeks  and  is  such  a  bless- 
ig.  Not  only  can  we  now  keep 
ur  vegetables  growing  but  we 
an  also  expand  other  projects 
yr  the  garden. 

The  PBI  garden  provides 
/ork  scholarships  for  the 
tudents.  This  enables  the 
jtudents  to  pay  their  school  ex- 
tenses.  The  things  produced  by 
he  students  in  the  garden  are 
ised  by  the  school  to  help  hold 
itown  operating  expenses. 

We  are  so  thankful  for  this 
jft.  We  are  thankful  for  the 
jompassion  this  church  and  its 
pastor  have  shown  for  reaching 
he  lost  with  the  gospel. 

There  is  something  you  and 
our  church  can  do  also.  The 
ask  of  world  evangelization  is 
tot  completed.  Pray  and  ask 
rod  what  He  would  have  you 
lo.  Everyone  must  be  involved 
n  making  Christ  known  or  else 

'HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


stand  in  open  rebellion  against 
God. 

We  are  expecting  the 
greatest  year  ever  on  the 
Philippine  field  as  we  work 
together  as  co-laborers  with 
Christ,  Spring  Hill  and  every 
Free  Will  Baptist. 

Fred  P.  Baker 
Missionary  to  the  Philippines 


NEW  LOCATION  FOR 
WIN  TE  R VILLE  CHURCH 

by  Gladys  Corbett 

With  mixed  emotions  we 
began  our  Sunday  school  ser- 
vice in  our  new  church  facility 
on  Glendale  Street  in  Winter- 
ville,  March  11.  Everything 
looked  so  pretty  with  fresh 
flowers  to  enhance  the  beauty 
of  freshly  painted  walls.  But 
somehow,  it  was  different.  Our 
members  weren't  in  their 
regular  seats.  It  was  hard  to 
find  certain  people.  The  music 
sounded  different.  The  Rev. 
Don  Riberio  had  stated  our  feel- 
ings so  well  and  then  reminded 
us  that  the  same  Spirit  of  Christ 
was  there,  for  He  dwells  in  His 
people. 

We  sang  praises  to  our  God 
and  thanked  Him  for  His  great 
love  and  blessings.  Miss  Leah 
McGlohon  sang  "Bless  This 
House";  the  choir  sang 
"Everybody  Sing  Praise  to  the 
Lord";  and  the  children  sang 
"We've    Got   a   Great  Big 


Wonderful  God."  Pastor  Ed 
Taylor  admonished  us  to  live 
for  Christ  and  keep  Him  first  in 
all  things.  We  gathered  around 
the  altar  for  a  prayer  of  con- 
secration. 

The  Improvement  Commit- 
tee—Mrs. Louise  Hines,  Mrs. 
Jewell  Lawrence,  Bill  Chur- 
chill, Claudie  McLawhorn,  and 
William  Nobles— together  with 
the  church  trustees  thanked 
everyone  for  their  participation 
in  making  the  dream  of  a  new 
church  a  reality.  The  late  Ran- 
dolph Harris,  deceased 
member  of  the  committee,  was 
recognized  for  his  faithfulness. 
Pittman  Hines,  retired  state 
employee,  was  recognized  for 
contributing  his  labor  for  18 
months  to  help  build  the  new 
church. 

As  the  congregation  left  we 
were  each  given  a  packet  of 
grass  seed  to  plant  on  a 
prepared  plot,  symbolic  of 
planting  seeds  for  the  Master. 
Just  as  we  will  watch  the  seeds 
grow,  we  want  to  see  the  cause 
of  Christ  grow  in  our  church 
and  community. 

We  literally  brought  our 
memories  of  the  old  church 
with  us,  individually  written 
and  placed  in  a  memory  box  to 
be  read  later.  As  we  reflect  on 
our  last  weekend  in  the  old 
church,  we  think  about  the  wed- 
ding we  celebrated  there  on 
Saturday.  And  then  on  Sunday 
one  of  our  men  was  saved  and 
baptized.  Our  tears  of  remem- 
brance for  loved  ones  and  good 
times  were  mingled  with  tears 
of  joy  for  this  new  child  of  God. 
What  better  way  could  we  have 
climaxed  our  services  in  the  old 
church?  Or,  what  better  way  to 
begin  in  a  new  location  than  by 
praising  God?  To  God  be  the 
glory  for  it  all. 


April  is 
Home  Missions 
and  Church 
Extension  Month. 


Children's  Home 

ADDITION  TO  EDUCATION  STAFF 


If  you  will  remember,  we  introduced  you  to  our  new  tutor,  Clint 
Johnson,  for  the  Children's  Home  in  an  earlier  publication.  Now  we 
have  a  new  "official"  member  on  our  education  staff.  His  name  is 
"Apple  II."  Earlier  recognition  was  given  to  Mr.  Johnson  for  ob- 
taining free  use  of  the  computer  for  one  month  from  "Computer 
Displays"  of  Rocky  Mount.  Since  that  time,  Mr.  Johnson  has  had 
tremendous  response  from  the  children  by  using  the  computer. 
Consequently,  he  took  it  upon  himself  to  approach  the  P.T.A.  of 
Vincent-Bynum  School,  of  which  he  is  Principal,  about  purchasing 
the  computer  for  the  Children's  Home.  In  just  a  matter  of  days, 
above  nine  hundred  dollars  was  donated  for  the  purchase  of  the 
computer.  The  President  of  the  P.T.A. ,  Mrs.  Phyllis  Babb,  and  her 
husband  spear-headed  the  drive  that  led  to  the  donation.  We  would 
like  to  publicly  express  our  deep  appreciation  to  Mr.  Johnson,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Babb,  and  the  following  individuals  for  their  empathetic 
kindness  toward  our  cause,  at  the  Children's  Home.  One-hundred- 
dollar  donations  were  given  by  the  following: 

Mr.  John  Bolt,  Dr.  John  Watson,  Mr.  Boysen  Diemer,  Dr.  Jerry  Woodard,  Dr. 
Joseph  Russell,  Dr.  Allen  Whitaker,  Mr.  Ben  Brockwell,  Dr.  Robert  Sloop,  and 
Mr.  Stuart  Arens. 

Now  that  we  have  the  hardware,  it  will  be  of  great  importance 
that  we  begin  building  up  our  library  of  software.  Perhaps  this 
may  be  a  worthy  project  for  some  of  our  churches  to  consider. 

10 


SPECIAL  DELIVERY 

On  March  21,  our  childrej 
ages  3  to  11,  enjoyed  a  tour* 
the  Wilson  Post  Office.  ll 
Lamm,  supervisor  of  the  ma 
carriers,  led  the  tour.  Tl 
children  were  shown  the  pr 
cess  of  what  happens  to  a  lett< 
from  the  time  it  is  mailed  unl 
it  is  delivered  by  the  mailma 
They  learned  the  importance  i 
zip  codes  and  the  various  pos 
tions  within  the  postal  servi( 
such  as  inspectors,  route  ca 
riers,  postmasters,  and  supe 
visors. 

We  appreciate  the  Wilsc 
Post  Office  and  Mr.  Lamm  fc 
an  informative  and  interestin 
tour. 

ST.  PATRICK'S  DAY  PARTI 

On  Friday  night,  March  It 
1984,  Mrs.  Brenda  Medli 
brought  a  group  of  youth  an 
adults  from  Tabernacle  Baptif 
Church  of  Zebulon  to  th 
Children's  Home  for  a  "S 
Patrick's  Day  Party."  The  pa: 
ty  was  opened  with  a  devotion! 
thought,  which  was  followed  b 
refreshments  and  a  period  d 
fun  and  games.  This  is  th. 
second  party  that  Tabernac! 
has  provided  for  our  childre 
within  the  past  three  month; 
We  appreciate  the  love  and  coi 
cern  that  this  group  has  share 
with  our  children  and  youth. 

COMING  EVENTS 

April — Entire  Month  Desi} 
nated  by  the  State  Convei 
tion  as  Home  Missions  an 
Church  Extension  Month  I 

April  7 — Cape  Fear  Youth  Coi 
vention,  7:30  p.m. 

April  7— Pee  Dee  District  Au; 
iliary 

April  8 — Fifth  Sunday  in  Lenti 
April   9 — Central  Ordainin 

Council,  10  a.m.,  Greenville 

First  Church 
April   9— Eastern  Ordainin^ 

Council,  10  a.m. 
April  11 — Cape  Fear  Woman 

Auxiliary,  Hopewell  Church 
(Continued  on  Page  19) 
THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


tadowment  of  the  Week 
BLIZZARD  ENDOWMENT 


Reba  Hill  Blizzard 

j  Mrs.  Reba  Hill  Blizzard  of 
.[inston  has  established  a 
cholarship  endowment  at 
jlount  Olive  College  in  memory 
jf  her  late  husband,  Perry  Bliz- 
ard  (1895-1976). 
j  Income  from  the  endowment 
/ill  be  used  to  provide  scholar- 
ships for  ministerial  students 
rnd  the  wives  of  ministers. 
(  The  Blizzards  were  natives  of 
he  Deep  Run  community  in 
jienoir  County  and  both  joined 
"ree  Will  Baptist  churches  at 
In  early  age.  Perry,  son  of  the 
ate  Henry  and  Mary  Ann 
Ihodes  Blizzard,  held  member- 
hip  with  Smith's  New  Home 
Church,  and  Reba,  daughter  of 
jhe  late  Johnny  and  Serena 
tyndall  Hill,  is  a  member  of  the 
Deep  Run  Church. 

Although  Perry  and  Reba 
lever  had  children  of  their  own, 
hey  were  fond  of  children  and 
tlways  had  a  deep  interest  in 
'oung  people.  Reba,  now 
etired,  taught  in  the  public 
schools  of  North  Carolina  for 
brty-three  years:  three  years 
n  Jones  County  and  forty  years 
h  Lenoir  County.  She  also 
aught  Sunday  school  for  many 
'rears  and  served  as  treasurer 
>f  the  Deep  Run  Woman's  Aux- 
liary. 

!THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Mount  Olive  College 

Perry  was  a  farmer,  rural  mail  carrier,  a  merchant  and  served 
in  the  Medical  Division  of  the  U.S.  Army  during  World  War  I.  He 
was  a  member  of  the  American  Legion  and  the  Ruritan  Club. 

In  establishing  the  endowment,  Reba  declared,  "Perry  and  I 
have  always  had  an  interest  in  Christian  education.  We  have  been 
friends  of  Mount  Olive  College  through  the  years,  and  through  this 
endowment  I  want  to  both  memorialize  Perry  and  help  spread  the 
gospel." 

COLLEGE  HALL  SEATING  PROJECT 


Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  President,  explains  the  bleacher  seat  project  to  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  Ervin  Foreman  of  Pinetown,  North  Carolina.  The  Forcmans  are  members  of 
Shiloh  Church  and  have  been  long-time  supporters  of  the  College.  Two  of  their 
daughters,  Judy  Foreman  Hutton  of  Wingate  and  Faye  Foreman  Jones  of 
Wilkesboro,  attended  Mount  Olive  College. 

Five  chairs  and  two  bleacher  seats  for  College  Hall  were  con- 
tributed to  Mount  Olive  College  during  the  week  of  March  20-26.  To 
date  903  chairs  ($50  each)  and  320  bleacher  seats  ($100  each)  have 
been  sponsored. 

Summary  of  Gifts  for  Seats  in  College  Hall 

Contributed 


Chairs 

Bleacher  Seats 


Goal 

800 
1,200 

Chairs:  March  20-26 


or  Pledged  Balance 

903  103  over! 


Donors 

Sarecta  Church,  Kenansville 

In  Memory  of  Josephine  S.  Hudnell 

By  Marie  Hudnell  Magee,  Aurora 
In  Memory  of  H.  W.  Hudnell 

By  Marie  Hudnell  Magee,  Aurora 
Iris  Pittman,  Kenly 

Total 


Bleachers:  March  20-26 


Donors 


In  Honor  of  the  Rev.  and  Mrs.  Robert  Strickland 

By  Edgewood  Adult  Sunday  School  Class,  Maccles- 
field 

Mr.  Tommy  Turner,  Mount  Olive 
Maggie  Little  Circle  of  Sweet  Gum  Grove,  Stokes 
Total 

(Turn  the  Page) 


320 


Number 
of  Chairs 

2 
1 


Number  of 
Bleacher 
Seats 


l 
2 


880 


Amount 

$100 
50 

50 

50 


$250 


Amount 

$  50 


100 
50 


$200 


11 


COLLEGE  HALL  BLEACHER  SEAT  DONORS 
October  1983 -February  1984 

(The  following  gifts  have 
not  been  previously  published. ) 

Donors  Number  of 

Bleacher  Seats 
($100  each) 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Doris  D.  Shaw  1 

By  Mr.  Breedlove  Shaw,  Mount  Olive 

Mr.  Jack  Williams,  Faison  1 

Mrs.  Betty  Lou  Williams,  Faison  1 

Mr.  J.  E.  Joyner,  Mount  Olive  1 

Penny  Joyner,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  Elwood  Goodson  Sr. ,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mrs.  Katherine  O.  Goodson,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  Elwood  Goodson  Jr . ,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mrs.  Cherrie  G.  Kincaid,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mrs.  Kathy  G.  Cole,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Memory  of  Robert  R.  Martin  1 

By  Mrs.  Lorelle  F.  Martin,  Mount  Olive 

Wachovia  Bank  and  Trust  Company  of  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Memory  of  Aldo  Costa  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Eugene  J.  Costa,  Goldsboro 

Miss  Margaret  Martin,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mrs.  Edna  Scarborough,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring  1 

By  Mr.  Ottis  Barrow,  Goldsboro 

H  &  C  Enterprises,  Mount  Olive  1 

The  Drewry  E.  Moore  Family,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  W.  M.  Raynor,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mount  Olive  Printing  and  Publishing  Company  1 

The  R.  C.  Warren  Family,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hugh  Oates,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  Tinker  Bell,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mrs.  Mildred  Southerland  Councill,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  Charles  B.  Councill,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  June  Martin,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Honor  of  Dr.  M.  M.  Lownes  Jr.  1 

By  Mrs.  M.  M.  Lownes  Jr.,  Mount  Olive 

Dr.  Pepper  Worthington,  Kinston  1 

In  Memory  of  Robert  F.  Mooring  1 

By  Lucy,  Bob  and  Charles  Mooring,  La  Grange 

In  Memory  of  Passmore  and  Ada  Barrow  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  P.  L.  Barrow,  Snow  Hill 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  Barrow,  Wilson 

Verdie  Barrow  Newbern,  Powells  Point 

Mrs.  Kay  Houston,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Honor  of  Mr.  Dewey  Houston  1 

By  Mrs.  Kay  Houston,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Rose  Raper  1 

By  Dr.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lonnie  Rackley,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Leslie  Anderson,  Mount  Olive  5 

Anonymous  1  3 

Miss  Lizzie  S.  Britt,  Turkey  1 

Mr.  Mickey  McClenny,  Goldsboro  1 

Mr.  Elwood  Wiggins,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Memory  of  Delia  Hughes  Lane  1 

By  Mr.  William  D.  Lane,  Faison 

In  Memory  of  Eva  H.  Moore  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Claude  H.  Moore,  Turkey 

Kraft's  Studio,  Inc. ,  Mount  Olive  1 

MasterKraf t  Photo  Lab ,  Mount  Olive  1 

Mount  Olive  Police  Officers  Betterment  Association  2 

Mrs.  June  Martin,  Mount  Olive  1 

In  Memory  of  Ray  Scarborough  1 

By  Mrs.  Edna  Scarborough,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Jim  and  Carrie  Herring  1 

By  Mrs.  Lynn  H.  Joyner,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Inez  L.  Dail  1 

By  Blanche  and  Ralph  N.  Dail,  Mount  Olive 

Mrs.  Mary  H.  Borgognoni,  Mount  Olive  1 

12 


E.J.  Pope  and  Son,  Inc.,  Mount  Olive 

Garner  Brothers,  Inc. ,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Essie  Lee  and  Curtis  Owens 

By  Dr.  Hilda  F.  Owens,  Columbia,  SC 
In  Honor  of  Faculty  and  Staff  of  Mount  Olive  College 

By  Dr.  Hilda  F.  Owens,  Columbia,  SC 
In  Honor  of  A.  Worth  Aycock  / 

By  Mrs.  Rose  F.  Chamlee,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  Margaret  F.  Aycock 

By  Mrs.  Rose  F.  Chamlee,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Malcolm  Yates,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  H.  Bryan,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Ben  R.  Boyette  Sr. 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harold  L.  Coltrane,  children,  and 

grandchildren  of  Ben  R.  Boyette  Sr.,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  Judy  Jackson 

By  Mr.  Woodard  Jackson,  Dudley 
In  Honor  of  Woodard  Jackson 

By  Mrs.  Judy  Jackson,  Dudley 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Clayton  Summerlin,  Mount  Olive 
Anonymous  2 

Ray  and  Chris  Amon,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  Cletus  Brock,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Sadie  Brock,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Catherine  Vinson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  W.  T.  Elks 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Sam  H.  Hocutt  Sr. 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  James  Vinson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Jack  Jr.,  Cynthia,  Terrie  and  Jennifer  Smith 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  E.  Williamson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ronald  Vinson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Ann  W.  Beasley 

By  Mr.  George  G.  Beasley,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  George  G.  Beasley,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Rodney  Knowles,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Dr.  J.  W.  Wilkins 

By  Mrs.  Eva  J.  Wilkins,  Mount  Olive 
Mount  Olive  Copy  and  Print,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  Charlie  McClenny,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Sue  McClenny,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Harvey  Campbell  and  Mary  Benbow 

McPhail 

By  Mary  E.  McPhail,  Greensboro 
Mr.  Bill  Jones,  Mount  Olive 
Southern  Belle  Motel,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  Bryce  H.  Ficken,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  J.  W.  Rackley,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Jack  Barfield  and  Jack  Barfield  Jr. 

By  Mrs.  Jack  Barfield,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Hettie  E.  Flowers 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Johnnie  Baker,  Wrightsville  Beach 
In  Memory  of  Mossett  L.  Flowers 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Johnnie  Baker,  Wrightsville  Beach 
In  Honor  of  Shelton  Neal  Price 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Shelton  Price 
In  Honor  of  Jennifer  Rose  Price 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Shelton  Price 
Mr.  B.  E.  Bryan,  Calypso 
In  Memory  of  Birdie  Hoffman  Phillips 

By  Dr.  E.  Lee  Glover,  Everett,  PA 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Archie  B.  Bass,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  James  Hugh  Draughon  Sr. 

By  Anonymous  3 
Dr.  William  A.  Potts,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Ann  F.  Potts,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  English  Adams 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jimmy  L.  Adams,  Mount  Olive 

THE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIS 


Ii  [onor  of  Jim  Adams 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jimmy  L.  Adams,  Mount  Olive 
I.  lemory  of  D.  O.  Thompson 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  G.  Francis,  Mount  Olive 
Ii  lemory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Henry  Francis 

<By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  G.  Francis,  Mount  Olive 
j/tonor  of  William  S.  Wilkins  Sr. 

By  Mrs.  William  S.  Wilkins  and  Family,  Mount  Olive 
Ir  lemory  of  Nan  Gamer 

By  the  Honorable  and  Mrs.  Charlie  Whitley  and 
I  Family,  Mount  Olive 
Irjlonor  of  Lorelle  F.  Martin 

^By  Mrs.  Marguerite  F.  Royster,  Garner 
Ir  lemory  of  R.  R.  Hines 

By  Mrs.  R.  R.  Hines,  Mount  Olive 
[r  lemory  of  Willis  B.  Honeycutt 

By  Mrs.  Louise  S.  Honeycutt,  Mount  Olive 
foylemory  of  Boyce  Honeycutt 

By  Mrs.  Louise  S.  Honeycutt,  Mount  Olive 
Vs.  Starkey  Moore  Cherry,  Mount  Olive 
Ptard  and  Perry,  Incorporated,  Goldsboro 
IiMemory  of  John  Manuel  Bevell 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gary  Bevell,  Goldsboro 
Amymous  4 

Ii  Memory  of  G.  Robert  Johnson 

By  Mr.  George  A.  Johnson,  Goldsboro 
IiMemory  of  Rachel  C.  Johnson 

|  By  Mr.  George  A.  Johnson,  Goldsboro 
Ti  Exchange  Club  of  Mount  Olive,  Mount  Olive 
L  Memory  of  Brunetta  Outlaw  Dowling 

!  By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Beverly  Whitfield,  Mount  Olive 
IHonor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Major  Lanier  Jr. 
]  By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  Wheeler  Jr.,  Long  Beach 
I  rlonor  of  Tracy  Leigh  Brandle 

By  Mr.  Edwin  G.  Brandle,  Raleigh 
I  Memory  of  Headley  Morris  Cox 

By  Mrs.  M.  C.  Gage,  Wilmington 
I  Memory  of  Frank  English  Cox 
1  By  Mrs.  M.  T.  Murray,  Wilmington 
I  Honor  of  Mrs.  Betty  H.  Wilkins 

By  Mr.  William  S.  Wilkins  Sr.,  Mount  Olive 
1.  William  S.  Wilkins  Jr.,  Mount  Olive 
ft.  John  William  Wilkins  II,  Mount  Olive 
I  Honor  of  The  Mount  Olive  Rescue  Service 
I  By  the  Mount  Olive  Rescue  Ladies'  Auxiliary 
I  Honor  of  L.  Graham  Creech 

By  Mrs.  Verla  P.  Creech,  Newton  Grove 
1  Memory  of  Bettie  M.  Dail 

By  Blanche  and  Ralph  Dail,  Mount  Olive 
]  Honor  of  Mary  Edythe  McPhail 

By  Nephews  and  Nieces  of  Mary  Edythe  McPhail, 
Mount  Olive 

liHonor  of  Eddice  and  Martha  McPhail  King 
By  Mary  Benbow  McPhail  Memorial  Fund, 
Greensboro 
rs.  Margaret  K.  Southerland,  Mount  Olive 
Jr.  Council  Southerland,  Mount  Olive 
'sunt  Olive  Extension  Homemakers,  Mount  Olive 
:  Memory  of  Mr.  Barnie  R.  Raper 

By  Mrs.  Hazel  R.  Odom,  Mount  Olive 
list  Used  Cars,  Inc.,  Mount  Olive 
.  britton's  Jewelry  Store,  Mount  Olive 
"and  H  Amoco  Service  Station 
Honor  of  Jeff  Wilson  Thigpen 
;  By  Mr.  Clarence  G.  Wilson,  Mount  Olive 
r.  Clarence  G.  Wilson,  Mount  Olive 
Memory  of  Mary  Pate  House 
By  Mr.  C.  C.  Lane,  Calypso 
Honor  of  R.  Glenn  Hooks 

By  Mrs.  R.  Glenn  Hooks,  Fremont 
Memory  of  W.  A.  "Punk"  Wooten 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  R.  Glenn  Hooks,  Fremont 
inrise  Kiwanis  Club,  Goldsboro 


In  Honor  of  Mr.  Nate  Reynolds  1 

By  Mrs.  Lyon  S.  Reynolds,  Goldsboro 
In  Memory  of  Raymond  E.  and  Mary  G.  Hart  1 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  Hill,  Hookerton 
Mr.  A.  N.  Martin,  Mount  Olive  1 
Mrs.  Ann  Martin,  Mount  Olive  1 
In  Memory  of  Mrs.  Sophia  H.  Potts  1 

By  Miss  Lena  May  Sutton,  Faison 
In  Memory  of  Nancy  Rowe  Overman  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Iwin  Rowe,  Pikeville 
Mrs.  Ruby  G.Grady,  Mount  Olive  1 
Mr.  Stephen  Lee  Raper,  Goldsboro  1 
Mrs.  Caroline  Beasley  Raper,  Goldsboro  1 
In  Honor  of  Elmaand  J.  T.  Beddard  Jr.  1 

By  Mr.  Wesley  E.  Beddard,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Elizabeth  Johnson  1 

By  Dr.  J.  Thomas  Johnson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Nathan  Johnson  1 

By  Dr.  J.  Thomas  Johnson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Matthew  Johnson  1 

By  Dr.  J.  Thomas  Johnson,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Robert  Johnson  1 

By  Dr.  J.  Thomas  Johnson,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Parmalee  P.  Garrity,  Mount  Olive  1 
Mr.  M.  Henry  Garrity,  Mount  Olive  1 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Theron  Garner,  Mount  Olive  1 
In  Honor  of  Thesia  Garner  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Theron  Garner,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Phyllis  Garner  Sloan  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Theron  Garner,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Doug  Sloan  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Theron  Garner,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Felcia  and  Adam  Sloan  1 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Theron  Garner,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  Doug  West,  Raleigh  1 
In  Memory  of  Wiley  Carson  Dilda  1 

By  Mr.  Kenneth  Dilda,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Joyce  T.  Andrews,  Faison  1 
Mr.  James  E.  Andrews,  Faison  1 
The  Student  Government  Association  of  Mount  Olive 

College,  1983-84  4 
In  Honor  of  the  Women's  Dorm  Council,  1983-84  3 

By  The  Student  Government  Association  of  Mount 

Olive  College,  1983-84 
In  Honor  of  the  Men's  Dorm  Council,  1983-84  3 

By  The  Student  Government  Association  of  Mount 

Olive  College,  1983-84 
Mr.  Eddie  Thomdyke,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  Richard  Blackwelder,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Beverly  S.  Blackwelder,  Mount  Olive 
Frank  and  Vivian  Harrison,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Russell  Brock 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Brad  Brock  and  Family, 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  Grady  and  Family, 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Greg  Morgan,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Russell  Brock 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Brad  Brock  and  Family, 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bobby  Grady  and  Family, 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Greg  Morgan,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Coaches  Bob  McEvoy,  Larry  Dean  and 

Almond  Warrick 

By  Mr.  Gary  Fenton  Barefoot,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Michael  S.  McEvoy 

By  Mr.  Bob  McEvoy,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  R.  H.  Shackelford 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  Robert  S.  Meyer 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Ray  Brogden 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr. ,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  James  R.  Lambert 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr. ,  Calypso 
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In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Charles  Harrell 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Neil  Mallory 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Samuel  E.  Taylor 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Richard  C.  Herring 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Edwina  Sutton  Kornegay 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Hervy  B.  Kornegay  Jr. 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Delano  Hill 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Clayton  Sutton 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Miss  Carolyn  Anne  Kornegay 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Hervy  B.  Kornegay  Sr. 

By  Dr.  Hervy  Kornegay  Sr.,  Calypso 
In  Honor  of  Kimberly  Dawn  Rivenbark 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Billy  Rivenbark,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Mark  Rivenbark 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Billy  Rivenbark,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Billy  Rivenbark,  Mount  Olive 
Mrs.  Mary  G.  Smith,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  Larry  S.  Dean,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Jeffrey  Stuart  Lassiter 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Suzanne  Elizabeth  Bailey 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Justin  Maehue  Bailey 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Matthew  Bradley  Hood 

By  Dr.  and  Mrs.  W.  Burkette  Raper,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Bobby  G.  and  Jo  Ann  S.  Darden 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Delano  Hill,  Mount  Olive 
Kappa  Chi  Members  of  Mount  Olive  College,  1983-84 
Mr.  James  M.  Britt,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Jan  H.  Jones 

By  Mr.  Harold  R.  Jones,  Goldsboro 
Mr.  Harold  R.  Jones,  Goldsboro 
In  Honor  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Earl  Wood 

By  Miss  Pamela  R.  Wood 
In  Honor  of  Ricky  J.  Jones 

By  Mr.  James  E.  Jones,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Joyce  W.  Jones 

By  Mr.  James  E.  Jones,  Mount  Olive 
Mr.  James  E.  Jones,  Mount  Olive 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  E.  Jones  and  Family,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Jack  Lister 

By  Mr.  Harvey  W.  Reinhardt,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Joseph  S.  Reinhardt 

By  Mr.  Harvey  W.  Reinhardt,  Mount  Olive 
Catharine  and  Harvey  Reinhardt,  Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  King  Solomon  Pigford 

By  Miss  Linda  Pigford,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Leslie  Earl  Coker 
In  Memory  of  Mr.  Leslie  Earl  Coker 

By  Mr.  Don  E.  Hargrove,  Calypso 
Mr.  Harry  Ellsworth  Sutton  Sr.,  Mount  Olive 
Lorraine  Westbrook  Sutton,  Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Harry  and  Dixie  Sutton 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  Ellsworth  Sutton  Sr., 

Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Johnny  Michael  Sutton 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  Ellsworth  Sutton  Sr., 

Mount  Olive 
In  Honor  of  Mike,  Cathy  and  Nicole  Hardy 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Harry  Ellsworth  Sutton  Sr., 

Mount  Olive 
In  Memory  of  Alvin  and  Carl  Barrow 


1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange 

In  Honor  of  Earl  and  Ottis  Barrow 
1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange 

In  Honor  of  Roy  and  P.  L.  Barrow  Jr. 
1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange  1 

In  Honor  of  Trey  and  Tyler  Mooring  , 
1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange 

In  Honor  of  Austin  and  Kristin  Mooring 
1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange 

In  Honor  of  Verdie  Newbern 
1  By  Mrs.  Lucy  B.  Mooring,  La  Grange 

Mr.  Rex  Moody,  Mount  Olive 
1         Mrs.  Ellen  Moody,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  David  Whitfield 
1  By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Donnell  Whitfield,  Mount  Olive 

Mr.  Barton  W.  Baldwin,  Mount  Olive 
1         In  Honor  of  Brenda  S.  Baldwin 

By  Mr.  Barton  W.  Baldwin,  Mount  Olive 
1         In  Honor  of  Frances  Nicole  Baldwin 
1  By  Mr.  Barton  W.  Baldwin,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  William  Whitfield  Baldwin  II 
1  By  Mr.  Barton  W.  Baldwin,  Mount  Olive 

WFMC  Radio  Station,  Goldsboro 
1        Mr.  Joseph  Ray  Mooring  Jr. ,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  Alma  Davis  Mooring 
1  By  Mr.  Joseph  Ray  Mooring  Jr. ,  Mount  Olive 

1        In  Honor  of  Sean  Mooring 

1  By  Mr.  Joseph  Ray  Mooring  Jr.,  Mount  Olive 

1        In  Honor  of  Judy  Mooring 

By  Mr.  Joseph  Ray  Mooring  Jr.,  Mount  Olive 
1        In  Honor  of  Millicent  Paige  Mooring 

By  Mr.  Joseph  Ray  Mooring  Jr.,  Mount  Olive 
1        Team  Sports,  Goldsboro 

In  Memory  of  Vernon  S.  Tanner 
1  By  the  Willis  Brown  Jr.  Family,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Dr.  Willis  A.  Brown  Sr. 
1  By  the  Willis  Brown  Jr.  Family,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Patricia  Neal  Walker 
1  By  the  Willis  Brown  Jr.  Family,  Mount  Olive 

1        In  Honor  of  Chris  Brown 

1  By  the  Willis  Brown  Jr.  Family,  Mount  Olive 

In  Honor  of  Mark  Brown 
1  By  the  Willis  Brown  Jr.  Family,  Mount  Olive 

1        Mr.  W.  Carroll  Turner,  Mount  Olive 

In  Memory  of  Donald  Wayne  Stallings 
1  By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  Vernon  and  Family,  Mount 

Olive 

1        In  Honor  of  Gregory  E .  Faircloth 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  J.  E.  Faircloth  Jr.,  Clemmons 

1  Mr.  Rodney  Ramsey,  Newark,  NJ 

2  In  Memory  of  Nathaniel  S.  Stokes 

1  By  Mrs.  Ida  Stokes,  New  Bern 

In  Honor  of  their  Children:  Danny  Smith,  Robyn  Smith 
1  and  Corbett  Cummings 

By  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Haywood  Cummings,  Mount  Olive 
1        Mrs.  Evelyn  J.  Johnson,  Tarboro 
1        Mrs.  Jo  Johnson,  Mount  Olive 

Mrs.  Christine  Jones,  Mount  Olive 
1        Mr.  Ed  Howell,  Mount  Olive 
1        In  Honor  of  Mr.  Eddie  Goodman 

By  Brad  and  Kaye  Brock,  Mount  Olive 
1        In  Honor  of  Mrs.  Pauline  Goodman 
1  By  Brad  and  Kaye  Brock,  Mount  Olive 

1        In  Memory  of  Phillip  W.  Pigford 

By  Miss  Linda  P.  Pigford,  Mount  Olive 

Kiwanis  Club  of  Mount  Olive,  Mount  Olive 
1        Edith  and  Tony  Gurganus,  Mount  Olive 

Mr.  Sherwood  Jernigan,  Mount  Olive 

Miss  Jan  Pittman,  Class  of  1981,  Raleigh 
1        In  Honor  of  Susan  Renee  Bryan 

By  Mrs.  Janet  Bryan,  Dudley 


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MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 
SPRING  VISITATION  DAY 

FOR  HIGH  SCHOOL  STUDENTS  AND  THEIR  PARENTS 

Saturday,  April  14,  1984 

REGISTRATION:  9:45  a.m.,  COLLEGE  HALL 


»  CAMPUS  TOURS 

i  SMALL  GROUP  DISCUSSIONS 

Admissions,  Financial  Aid,  Student  Life,  and 
Other  Topics 
»  ENTERTAINMENT 
Mount  Olive  College  Singers 
New  Creations 

Mount  Olive  College  Concert  Choir 

PICNIC  LUNCH 

SCHOLARSHIP  INTERVIEWS 

INDrvroUAL  CONFERENCES  WITH 
FACULTY  MEMBERS 

SPECIAL  CONFERENCES  FOR  COMMUN- 
ITY JUNIOR  COLLEGE  TRANSFER  STU- 
DENTS 


The  Town  of  Mount  Olive  has  planned  its  annual 
Festival  of  Flowers  for  Saturday,  April  14. 
We  invite  you  to  participate  in  the  activities  throughout  the  afternoon. 


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Family  Devotions 


SUNDAY, 
APRIL 


8 


Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  22-24 

HE  SAID  HE  WOULD 
At  a  certain  church  a  boy  of  ten  years  of  age 
was  examined  for  membership.  After  he  had 
spoken  of  his  sense  of  guilt,  came  the  question, 
"What  did  you  do  when  you  felt  yourself  so  great 
a  sinner? ' '  and  the  eyes  of  the  boy  brightened  as 
he  answered,  "I  just  went  to  Jesus  and  told  Him 
how  sinful  I  was,  and  how  sorry  I  was,  and  asked 
Him  to  forgive  me."  "And  do  you  hope  at  times 
that  Jesus  heard  you  and  forgave  your  sins?"  "I 
don't  only  hope  so,  sir,  I  know  He  did."  The 
oldest  of  them  raised  his  glasses  and  peered  into 
the  face  of  the  little  candidate,  and  said,  "You 
say  you  'know'  that  Jesus  forgave  your  sin?" 
"Yes,  sir,"  was  the  prompt  answer.  "You  mean, 
my  son,  that  you  hope  Jesus  has  pardoned  your 
sins."  "I  hope  He  has,  and  I  know  it,  too,"  said 
the  boy,  with  a  bright  smile  on  his  manly  face. 
"How  do  you  know  it,  my  son?"  Every  eye  was 
intent  on  the  little  respondent.  "He  said  He 
would,"  said  the  boy,  with  a  look  of  astonish- 
ment, as  if  amazed  that  anyone  should  doubt  it. 


/  know  not  what  the  future  hath 
Of  marvel  or  surprise, 

Assured  alone  that  life  and  death 
His  mercy  underlies. 


MONDAY, 
APRIL 


9 


Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  25-27 

FEELING  OR  BELIEVING? 
Someone  asked  Luther,  "Do  you  feel  that  you 

have  been  forgiven?" 
He  answered,  "No!  but  I'm  as  sure  as  there's  a 

God  in  Heaven. 
"For  feelings  come  and  feelings  go,  and  feelings 

are  deceiving; 
My  warrant  is  the  Word  of  God,  nought  else  is 

worth  believing. 
Though  all  my  heart  should  feel  condemned  for 

want  of  some  sweet  token, 
There  is  One  greater  than  my  heart  whose  word 

cannot  be  broken. 
I'll  trust  in  God's  unchanging  Word  till  soul  and 

body  sever; 

For  though  all  things  shall  pass  away  His  Word 
shall  stand  forever." 


/  know  not  where  His  islands  lift 
Their  fronded  palms  in  air; 

I  only  know  I  cannot  drift 

Beyond  His  love  and  care. 


TUESDAY, 
APRIL 


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Scripture  Reading— 1  Samuel  28-31 

I  KNOW  I  HAVE 

They  had  been  talking  with  Dr.  W.  I 
Griffith-Thomas  night  after  night,  endeavorir 
to  win  him,  then  a  young  doctor,  for  Chrisj 
Nothing  they  said  seemed  to  cut  through  tt 
mental  fog  that  blocked  the  way  to  a  clesj 
understanding  of  salvation.  Finally  realizir 
that  the  young  man's  difficulty  was  his  own  i] 
ability  to  "feel"  saved,  Mr.  Poole  took  a  cot 
and  handing  it  to  Dr.  Griffith-Thomas  asked  hii 
to  put  it  in  his  vest-pocket. 

"Do  you  feel  you've  got  it?"  Mr.  Poo!| 
asked. 

"No,"  replied  the  young  doctor,  "I  know 
have." 

"So,"  Mr.  Poole  rejoined,  "we  know  we  ha\, 
Christ  when  we  accept  Him  and  believe  H, 
Word,  without  feeling  it." 

Dr.  Griffith-Thomas  testified  later,  "When, 
awoke  the  next  morning  my  soul  was  overfloy 
ing  with  joy,  and  since  then  I  have  never  doubte 
that  it  was  on  that  Saturday  night  I  was  'boij 
again'— converted  to  God." 


To  be  assured  of  our  salvation  is  no  arrogai 
stoutness.  It  is  faith.  It  is  devotion.  It  is  ru 
presumption.  It  is  God's  promise. 


WEDNESDAY, 
APRIL 


11 


Scripture  Reading— 2  Samuel  1,  2 

"THOU  REMAINEST!" 
When  winter  reigns,  and  flowers  are  dead, 
And  song  birds  with  their  songs  have  fled; 
When  trees  are  etched  on  leaden  skies, 
And  poverty  in  anguish  cries, 
And  funeral  trains  go  o'er  the  snow, 
O  God,  how  good  it  is  to  know— 
That  Thou  remainest! 

When  man  his  courage  would  reveal, 
When  he  would  build  his  towers  of  steel 
And  granite  blocks  to  pierce  the  sky, 
And  would  the  hand  of  time  defy; 
While  here  is  strength,  yet  he  doth  know 
That  these  as  well  some  day  must  go; 
For  ruins  fill  the  ancient  world, 
And  to  the  depth  man's  pride  is  hurled 
But  Thou  remainest! 

Why  should  I  grieve  and  be  afraid 
When  in  the  grave  my  hopes  are  laid? 
Well  do  I  know  that  death  must  be 


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Unless  my  Lord  shall  come  for  me ; 
Therefore,  build  I  my  life  on  Thee, 
Foundation  of  eternity— 
For  Thou  remainest! 


Luther's  reply  was  simple.  "Where  I 
now.  In  the  hands  of  Almighty  God." 


am 


/  believe  the  promises  of  God  enough  to  ven- 
re  an  eternity  on  them. 


HURSDAY, 
PRIL 


12 


Sjripture  Reading  -2  Samuel  3-5 

SURE  OF  HIS  SALVATION 
It  is  a  long  time  since  Herodotus  described 
L  little  folk  of  distant  Central  Africa,  but  the 
jtepel  has  at  last  reached  them.  Miss  Bell  of  the 
irica  Inland  Mission  describes  one  to  whom  she 
Id  often  preached,  asking  him  if  he  had  at  last 
taeived  the  words  of  God.  "Yes,  we  have,"  he 
uswered.  "Every  night  we  meet  for  prayer.  We 
jhg,  'Jesus  Loves  Me'  and  'What  Can  Wash 
.Way  My  Sins?'  and  then  call  on  God  to  protect 
I  in  the  night."  Miss  Bell  then  inquired  if  he 
<ere  sure  that,  on  death,  he  would  go  to  Heaven. 
'ie  Pygmy  stood  at  attention,  hand  at  salute, 
iU  said,  "When  I  die  I  will  go  to  God's  village.  I 
<pi  salute,  and  say,  'Greetings,  God.  I  am  come 

I  my  house  in  Your  village.'  And  when  He  asks 
le  what  permission  I  have  to  enter,  I  will  tell 
jlm  that  His  Son  Jesus  Christ  died  for  me  and 
ashed  my  heart  clean  in  His  blood.  Then  He  will 

II  me,  'Enter;  your  house  is  waiting  for  you.'  " 
Iss  Bell's  comment:  "He  was  perfectly  sure 
jout  his  salvation— and  so  am  I! " 


"J  go  to  my  everlasting  rest.  My  sun  has 
sen,  shone,  and  is  setting — nay,  it  is  about  to 
se  and  shine  forever.  I  have  not  lived  in  vain, 
nd  though  I  could  live  to  preach  Christ  a  thou- 
ind  years,  I  die  to  be  with  Him,  which  is  far  bet- 


T. 


TODAY, 
lPRIL 


13 


ripture  Reading— 2  Samuel  6-9 

SAFE  HIDING 
When  Martin  Luther  was  in  the  throes  of  the 

eformation  and  the  Pope  was  trying  to  bring 
im  back  to  the  Catholic  church,  he  sent  a  car- 
inal  to  deal  with  Luther  and  buy  him  with  gold. 

The  cardinal  wrote  to  the  Pope,  "The  fool 
oes  not  love  gold."  The  cardinal,  when  he  could 
Dt  convince  Luther,  said  to  him,  "What  do  you 
link  the  Pope  cares  for  the  opinions  of  a  Ger- 
lan  boer?  The  Pope's  little  finger  is  stronger 
lan  all  Germany.  Do  you  expect  your  princes  to 
ike  up  arms  to  defend  you— you,  a  wretched 

orm  like  you?  I  tell  you  no.  And  where  will  you 
je  then?" 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Whichever  way  the  wind  doth  blow, 
Some  soul  is  glad  to  have  it  so; 
Then  blow  it  east,  or  blow  it  west, 
The  wind  that  blows,  that  wind  is  best. 


SATURDAY, 
APRIL 


14 


Scripture  Reading— 2  Samuel  10-12 

HE  CANNOT  DENY  HIMSELF 
Spurgeon  used  to  tell  the  story  of  an  illiterate 
old  woman  who  was  a  humble  follower  of  the 
Lamb.  A  skeptical  neighbor  loved  to  poke  fun  at 
her,  especially  at  the  assurance  she  displayed 
regarding  her  own  salvation.  "How  do  you  know 
that?"  he  asked.  "God  tells  me  so  a  hundred 
times,"  she  answered,  and  then  she  quoted  one 
promise  after  another,  especially  from  John's 
first  Letter,  the  Epistle  of  Christian  assurance, 
where  the  phrase,  "We  know,"  is  used  fourteen 
times  in  five  short  chapters.  The  question  was 
then  shot  at  her,  "Suppose  God  doesn't  keep  His 
Word?"  Quickly  she  answered:  "His  loss  would 
be  greater  than  mine.  I  would  lose  my  soul.  He 
would  lose  His  honor."  She  was  right. 


Oh,  we  have  a  great  God,  a  wonderful  God! 
He  cannot  deny  Himself. 

Portions  selected  from  Knight's  Master  Book  of  New  Il- 
lustrations, Walter  B.  Knight. 

HE  LEADETH  ME 

In  pastures  green?  Not  always;  sometimes  He 
Who  knoweth  best  in  kindness  leadeth  me 
In  weary  ways,  where  heavy  shadows  be, 
Out  of  the  sunshine,  warm  and  soft  and  bright, 
Out  of  the  sunshine  into  darkest  night ; 
I  oft  would  faint  with  sorrow  and  affright 
Only  for  this— I  know  He  holds  my  hand, 
So  whether  in  a  green  or  desert  land 
I  trust,  although  I  may  not  understand. 

And  by  still  waters?  No,  not  always  so; 
Ofttimes  the  heavy  tempests  round  me  blow, 
And  o'er  my  soul  the  waves  and  billows  go, 
But  when  the  storm  beats  loudest,  and  I  cry 
Aloud  for  help,  the  Master  standeth  by 
And  whispers  to  my  soul:  "Lo!  it  is  I." 
Above  the  tempest  wild  I  hear  Him  say : 
"Beyond  this  darkness  lies  the  perfect  day; 
In  every  path  of  thine  I  lead  the  way." 

So  whether  on  the  hilltop  high  and  fair 

I  dwell,  or  in  the  sunless  valley  where 

The  shadows  lie— what  matters?  He  is  there. 

And  more  than  this;  where'er  the  pathway  lead, 

He  gives  to  me  no  helpless,  broken  reed. 

But  His  own  hand  sufficient  for  my  need. 

So  where  He  leadeth  I  can  safely  go; 

And  in  the  blest  hereafter  I  shall  know 

Why,  in  His  wisdom,  He  hath  led  me  so. 

— L.  Fitzgerald 

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Sunday  School  Lessorf 


For  April  8 

CONFRONTATION  IN 
JERUSALEM 

Lesson   Text:    Mark  11:8-10, 

15-19,  27-33 
Memory  Verse :  Mark  12 : 10 

President  Harry  S.  Truman, 
who  carried  the  scars  and 
callouses  of  Missouri's  rough- 
and-tumble  politics,  used  to 
say,  "If  you  can't  stand  the 
heat,  stay  out  of  the  kitchen! " 

Some  folk  still  remember  the 
sweltering  heat  of  old- 
fashioned  farm  kitchens  when 
wood-burning  stoves  were  fired 
up  to  cook  and  can  tomatoes  in 
midsummer  without  benefit  of 
air  conditioning.  It  was  no 
place  for  one  with  a  delicate 
constitution.  Neither  was  Mr. 
Truman's  political  arena,  with 
its  lusty  combat. 

Some  people  thrive  on  the 
heat  of  controversy.  Others 
abhor  it,  and  will  excuse 
themselves  from  the  "kitchen" 
at  the  first  sign  of  warm 
disagreement.  They  "just  don't 
talk  politics  or  religion." 

How  did  religion  get  into  this 
discussion?  By  its  very  nature ! 
You  can't  keep  it  out,  for 
religion  is  the  human  ex- 
perience of  the  ages-long  con- 
frontation between  God  and  the 
devil.  And  the  devil  infiltrates 
the  field  of  religion  at  all  levels, 
using  to  his  own  advantage  the 
procedures  that  were  designed 
to  serve  God. 

That  is  the  condition  into 
which  Jesus  came.  His  identity 
with  God  brought  Him  into  con- 
flict not  only  with  the  demons 
He  found  controlling  certain 
social  outcasts,  but  also  with 
the  Satanic  spirit  He  found 
dominating  certain  "men  of 
God."  The  heat  of  controversy 
surrounded  Him  as  long  as  He 
was  on  earth.  He  was  rejected 
by  the  nation's  leaders,  was 
threatened,  and  suffered  pain 
and  finally  death.  However, 
God  raised  Him  from  the  dead 


to  continue  the  warfare  until 
Satan  is  at  last  destroyed. 

Followers  of  Christ  cannot 
expect  to  be  wholly  exempt 
from  the  controversy  that  so 
thoroughly  involved  Him.  He 
said,  in  fact,  "I  came  not  to 
send  peace,  but  a  sword.  For  I 
am  come  to  set  a  man  at 
variance  against  his  father  .... 
And  a  man's  foes  shall  be  they 
of  his  own  household"  (Mat- 
thew 10:34-36).  Belligerence  or 
quarrelsomeness  is,  of  course, 
no  part  of  the  Christian 
character,  as  it  was  no  part  of 
Christ's  character.  Neither, 
however,  is  it  that  passive  sub- 
missiveness  or  timid  silence 
that  seems  to  condone  every 
wickedness  in  order  to  avoid 
confrontation. 

The  overheated  "kitchen"  of 
controversy  can  be  most  un- 
comfortable. Sensitive  souls 
are  genuinely  hurt  by  it.  Jesus 
was.  The  injury  He  suffered  in 
fervent  confrontation  became  a 
part  of  the  self-sacrifice 
through  which  He  purchased 
our  salvation.  Our  comradeship 
with  Him  in  necessary  conflict 
becomes  an  important  part  of 
our  life  in  Christ.  He  who  loves 
a  fight  will  receive  no  honors 
for  indulging  his  hobby ;  but  the 
lover  of  peace  will  find  a 
special  closeness  to  the  Prince 
of  Peace  through  the  endurance 
of  warfare  with  and  for  Him. 

Crowded  and  eventful  days 
concluded  the  earthly  ministry 
of  Jesus.  He  approached 
Jerusalem  through  Jericho, 
where  He  healed  two  men  of 
blindness  (Matthew  20:29-34). 
There  also  He  found  and 
brought  salvation  to  Zaccheus, 
the  tax  collector  (Luke  19:1-10). 
Six  days  before  the  Passover 
Jesus  arrived  in  Bethany  and 
attended  a  dinner  as  the  guest 
of  Lazarus  and  his  sisters.  It 
was  this  Lazarus  whom  Jesus 
had  raised  from  the  dead.  One 
of  the  sisters,  Mary,  anointed 
Him  lavishly,  and  He  said  it 
was  in  preparation  for  His 
burial  (John  12:1-7). 


When  Jesus  enter  | 
Jerusalem  on  the  first  day! 
the  week,  He  did  so  in  a  manul 
that  clearly  fulfilled  the  Mtl 
sianic  prophecy  of  Zecharil 
9:9:  "Rejoice  greatly,  I 
daughter  of  Zion;  shout,  L 
daughter  of  Jerusalem :  beho 
thy  King  cometh  unto  thee:  | 
is  just,  and  having  salvatiol 
lowly,  and  riding  upon  an  aid 
and  upon  a  colt  the  foal  of  1 
ass."  Until  this  time  Jesus  h;|i 
been  careful  not  to  declare  t  j 
messiahship  publicly 
Galilee,  where  nationalist! 
zeal  ran  high  and  a  spirit  J 
revolution  seethed  againa 
Rome.  Now,  followed  by  ^ 
throng  of  Galileans  going 
Jerusalem  for  the  Passover,  I* 
showed  Himself  as  their  e 
pected  Messiah.  In  rece; 
months  also  He  had  avoidd 
any  public  appearance  ] 
Jerusalem,  so  as  not  to  stir  u 
the  bitter  enmity  of  the  temp; 
officers.  Now  He  prepared  i 
enter  the  city  at  the  center  of,, 
rejoicing  throng.  It  was  tiny 
for  Jesus  to  declare  Himse, 
and  that  He  did,  dramatically 

At  the  conclusion  of  eveii 
meaningful  debate,  someoit 
decides  the  issue  between  tijl 
contestants.  In  court,  it  is  jud§> 
or  jury.  In  politics,  it  is  til 
citizen  at  the  polls.  Every  cas 
should  be  decided  on  its  merit 
Because  of  prejudice  or  specii 
interest  it  is  not  always  so.  ^ 

In  the  issue  between  Jesi 
and  the  Council,  what  was  tt? 
result?  Each  person  or  part 
responded  in  his,  or  its,  ow 
way.  In  the  Sanhedrin  til 
result  was  a  hardening  of  ii 
position,  leading  to  the  Croa 
and  fulfillment  of  God's  pla 
for  man's  redemption.  With  tt 
crowds  in  Jerusalem  the  resu 
was  admiration  for  Jesus,  gij 
ing  way  to  abandonment  in  H| 
final  hours,  but  providir 
grounds  for  the  conversion  <! 
many  on  the  Day  of  Penteca; 
and  afterward. — Standard  Le 
son  Commentary 


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I  j  CHRISTIAN  NURTURER 

f!       (Continued  from  Page  8) 

;lisure  them  that  they  have 
ftique  contributions  that  the 
iVurch  needs.  Show  them  that 
believe  in  them  and  have 
(nfidence  in  them.  One  of  the 
iost  powerful  motivating 
frees  is  the  knowledge  that 
(tiers  believe  in  us  and  need 

iThird,  present  the  challenge 
tj  teaching.  Tell  them  that  it 
jjll  demand  the  very  best  they 
mi  give,  that  it  requires  time, 
4ergy,  and  prayer.  Never  say, 
't)h,  it  will  not  take  much  of 
4ur  time!"  Besides  not  being 
tue,  this  conveys  the  attitude 
tward  teaching  that  it  is  a 
t|3ublesome  chore  rather  than 
{  sacred  privilege  to  serve 
lirist  and  His  church.  Why 
fould  teachers  feel  enthused 
stout  or  committed  to  teaching 
i'it  is  such  an  insignificant  job 
l'at  it  will  make  no  demands  on 
lJem?  Teachers  will  be  more 
ilotivated  if  demands  are 
j'ade  on  them,  if  they  are 
ijiallenged,  and  if  they  know 
1|at  teaching  is  a  vital  ministry 
,(hich  deserves  their  very  best. 

jlf  you  wish  to  learn  more 
ibout  how  to  enlist  teachers, 
lie  the  list  of  books  in  the  last 
»ifticle.  Several  of  them  deal 
pensively  with  this  subject. 


,     NEWS  AND  NOTES 

(Continued  from  Page  5) 

eneral  Conference  to  Meet 

IjThe  General  Conference  of 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists  is 
jcpecting  to  have  a  great  con- 
ifrence  this  year  at  Tee's 
iiapel  Church,   near  Smith- 

:feld,   beginning   on  Monday 

r|ght,  June  18,  1984,  with  the 
|outh  Night  where  teams  will 

ife  participating  in  the  Bible 
jowl.  If  your  church  has  a  Bi- 
le Bowl  team  competing  in  the 
itate  Youth  Convention  that 
|)nies  in  first,  second  or  third 
lace,  we  encourage  you  to 
(low  them  to  compete  in  the 
general  Conference.  Awards 
ill  be  given  to  the  winners. 

Hfil  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Tuesday  morning,  June  19, 
1984,  the  Ladies  Auxiliary  of  the 
General  Conference  will  have  a 
very  inspirational  service, 
composed  of  singing,  preach- 
ing, testimonies  and  a  short 
business  session. 

On  Tuesday  night,  the 
General  Conference  will  open. 
The  service  will  feature  the 
Woodall  Singers  from  Tee's 
Chapel,  and  Wayne  Hargrove 
and  Kenny  Barnes  from 
Bladenboro  to  share  with  us  a 
message  in  song.  After  the  sing- 
ing we  will  hear  a  message  by 
the  Rev.  Floyd  Cherry. 

On  Wednesday,  June  20,  1984, 
the  conference  will  continue. 
There  will  be  a  short  business 
session,  singing  by  the  Rev. 
Bruce  Jones  and  his  wife,  Judy. 
The  speaker  to  bring  God's 
Word  will  be  the  Rev.  Floyd 
Cherry. 

You  will  be  receiving  by  mail 
report  blanks  and  other  infor- 
mation. We  desire  your  prayers 
as  we  endeavor  to  promote  the 
Kingdom  of  God  through  the 
General  Conference  of  Original 
Free  Will  Baptists. 

Steve  Hargrove, 
President  of  the  General  Conference 


NEW  ADDRESS 

The  Rev.  Harry  A.  Jones  has 
a  new  address.  It  is  Route  2, 
Box  160,  Vanceboro,  North 
Carolina  28586;  phone,  244-1511. 
He  is  pastor  of  Juniper  Chapel 
Church  in  the  Eastern  Con- 
ference. 

MOUNT  OLIVE  COLLEGE 

(Continued  from  Page  14) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 
April  10 

Spring  Concert,  College 
Auditorium,  7:30  p.m.,  Mount 
Olive  College  Concert  Choir, 
free  to  the  public.  Professor 
Carolyn  Knox,  director. 

April  14 

Spring  Visitation  Day  (High 
School  Students  and  Parents), 
College  Hall,  9:45  a.m. 
registration,  entertainment, 
campus  tours,  group  discus- 


sions, picnic,  appointments  and 
scholarship  interviews.  Dianne 
B.  Riley,  admissions  director. 

NEW  CREATIONS' 
REMAINING  SPRING 
SCHEDULE 

April  8 

Heritage  Church,  Charlotte, 
North  Carolina,  11  a.m. 

April  15 

Trinity  Church,  Beaufort  Coun- 
ty, 11  a.m. 

La  Grange  Church,  Lenoir 
County,  7  p.m. 


COMING  EVENTS 

April  12 — Albemarle  Woman's 

Auxiliary   Convention,  10 

a.m.,  Shiloh  Church 
April   12 — Western  Ordaining 

Council,    10   a.m.,  Unity 

Church 

April  12,  13 — Evangelism  Con- 
ference 

April  lk— High  School  Student 
Visitation  Day,  Mount  Olive 
College,  9:45  a.m. 

April  lk — Western  District  Aux- 
iliary, Mount  Zion  (Nash) 

April  15 — Palm  Sunday 

April  19 — Maundy  Thursday 

April  19 — Board  of  Superan- 
nuation meets,  2  p.m.,  head- 
quarters 

April  20 — Good  Friday 

April  22 — Easter 

April  23— The  Free  Will  Baptist 
Press  and  Bookstores  closed 

April  23 — Cape  Fear  Ordaining 
Council,  1:30  p.m. 


YOU'LL  BE  GLAD 
YOU  DID! 

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JOIN  THE  CROWD- 
BECOME  EFFECTIVE! 


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The  Free  Will  Baptist 


CONTENTS 

Editorial   2 

Feature   3 

Weekly  Features 

News  and  Notes   7 

Foreign  Missions   8 

Retirement  Homes   9 

Home  Missions  10 

Mount  Olive  College  12 

Children's  Home  14 

Cragmont  15 

Family  Devotions  16 

Sunday  School  Lesson  18 

Is  It  Too  Soon  to  Celebrate  ?   4 

A  Palm  Sunday  Prayer  of  Invocation  6 

Volume  99  Number  14 

April  11,  1984 


Janie  Jones  Sowers 
Editor 

Edited  and  published  forty-eight  times  a  year  by 
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publication  date  of  that  issue. 

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Christ  among  Original  Free  Will  Baptists,  and  we 
reserve  the  right  to  refuse  any  article  or  news  that  is 
inconsistent  with  our  purpose,  programs,  or  policies, 
and  that  does  not  reflect  a  spirit  of  harmony  and 
cooperation  with  the  Free  Will  Baptist  Press  Foun- 
dation and  the  North  Carolina  State  Convention  of 
Original  Free  Will  Baptists. 

The  contents  herein  do  not  necessarily  reflect  the 
beliefs  or  policies  of  the  editor  or  of  The  Free  Will 
Baptist.  The  responsibility  for  each  article  is  given 
the  person  whose  name  appears  under  the  title  or  to 
the  person  submitting  said  article. 

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President;  Ruth  Taylor,  Secretary;  Adrian  Grubbs, 
Assistant  Secretary;  Robert  May;  Eddie  Edwards, 
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Financial  Director;  Janie  Jones  Sowers.  Editor  of 
Literature. 


Editorial 


Pressing  On — No  Matter  What  / 

i 

Riding  into  Ayden  that  morning,  was  difficult:  we  ha| 
heard  that  the  tornadoes  had  hit  the  area  but  we  did  not  kno  j 
the  extent  of  the  damage.  Several  times  we  commented  thjj 
everything  looked  fine—  and  then  we  rounded  our  last  curv 
before  reaching  the  Press— and  words  cannot  be  found  to  e: 
plain  what  we  saw  and  how  we  felt.  Homes,  which  just  the  da 
before  stood  diagonally  across  from  the  Press,  were  crushe 
and  mangled.  Trees  and  branches  littered  the  Press  drive  ant 
parking  lot;  a  rocking  chair  rested  on  the  front  lawn,  ill 
original  locale  not  known. 

From  the  vantage  point  of  the  Foundation's  front  dooi 
devastation  could  be  seen  on  every  side.  The  fury  of  the  gra| 
funnel(s)  had  been  unleashed  and  the  wicked  twister(s)  ha;: 
spent  its  (their)  killing  power  in  our  neighborhood.  Peopl 
with  whom  we  work,  those  we  know  and  love,  had  been  a] 
fected.  Many  spoke  of  the  awesome  roar  that  still  echoed  il 
their  ears;  some  said  the  roar  reverberated  like  a  mightj 
organ.  Others  compared  it  to  the  sound  of  many  freight  trainj 
rumbling  on  a  trail  of  destruction.  Dazed  crowds  stood  horrorj 
stricken,  staring.  Where  only  minutes  before  homes  and  treej 
had  stood,  there  were  none  now.  Where  there  had  been  life,  thij 
silence  of  death  and  loss  only  added  to  the  existing  nightmare 
It  seems  as  though  no  one  was  immune.  Everyone  related  hi< 
individual  story,  each  more  grotesque  than  the  last  one  told.i 

Yes,  we  have  experienced  something  horrible,  and  the, 
awesomeness  of  this  experience  will  never  be  forgotten.  Buf 
all  is  not  a  total  loss.  Those  of  us  still  living  can  pick  up  tht; 
pieces  and  go  on,  perhaps  wiser  and  definitely  much  mor^ 
grateful,  as  a  result. 

Somehow,  though,  the  promise  that  "everything  is  goinj 
to  be  okay"  sounds  rather  hollow  to  some.  But  faith  is  what  m 
needed.  "There's  one  ingredient  that  mountain- moving  faith! 
miracle-generating  faith,  earth-shaking  faith,  and  situation! 
changing  faith  must  have,  and  that  ingredient  is  holding 
power"  (Robert  Schuller). 

It  would  be  easy  for  us  to  become  overwhelmed  by  what 
we  experienced  that  dreadful  night;  and  doubtless,  what  wq 
have  been  through  will  change  us.  But  many  possibilities  arc 
before  us.  And  we  can  react  positively  or  negatively.  We  neec 
to  realize  that  our  attitudes  are  often  our  greatest  problem,  ii 
is  not  easy  to  protect  ourselves  from  the  infection  of  negativcf 
thinking,  an  infection  which  attacks  our  very  being. 

But  we  can  be  positive— no  matter  what  we  might  be  fac-! 

ing. 

We  have  to  press  on. 

(The  Press  building  suffered  approximately  $50,000  worth  of\ 
damage  during  the  March  28  storm.  Although  we  have  been 
delayed  and  still  have  some  problems  to  solve,  we  are 
operating  normally  again.) 


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SERVICES 
CONTINUED 
THROUGH 
STORM 


s  i  Lights  went  out,  but  sermon  went  on  at  Black  Jack  Church, 
tien  Governor  Jim  Hunt  was  speaker  on  Wednesday  night,  March 
g!  198k,  the  night  of  the  tornadoes. 

The  parchment-like  pages  rustled  as  members  of  the  congrega- 
'tin  turned  to  page  449  in  the  hymnal.  There  was  a  moment  of 
dence,  then  the  pianist  struck  up  the  first  few  bars  of  "To  God  Be 
its  Glory." 

;  To  anyone  standing  outside  the  church,  it  would  have  sounded 
3  l:e  just  another  service.  However,  the  guest  speaker  at  Black  Jack 
i'ee  Will  Baptist  Church  Wednesday  night  was  Governor  Jim 
1  Iant.  And  if  that  didn't  make  the  night  special  enough,  moments  in- 

t  Hunt's  talk,  the  lights  of  the  church  blinked  and  then  went  out.  As 
I  jpurprised  murmur  went  through  the  congregation,  Hunt  quipped 
1  tat  he  hoped  it  wasn't  an  omen. 

A  Nevertheless,  he  continued,  "I  can't  emphasize  enough  how 
important  the  family  is,"  Hunt  told  church  members  as  ushers 
flently  placed  lighted  tapers  on  the  podium  to  illuminate  the  gover- 

Wpr's  face.  Further  into  his  sermon,  the  stained-glass  windows 
l«gan  to  rattle,  as  a  storm  that  included  whistling  winds,  pelting 
Lin  and  tornadoes  that  struck  Pitt  County  Wednesday  night  moved 
I.  Except  for  an  occasional  nervous  shuffle  of  feet,  a  cough  and  the 
■)ice  of  the  governor,  the  church  was  silent. 

1  At  the  end  of  the  service,  the  church  pastor,  Dr.  Cedric  Pierce, 
ok  the  podium.  "It's  been  a  long  time  since  we've  seen  a  preacher 
eliver  a  sermon  by  candlelight,  but  I'll  bet  none  of  you  thought 
[>u'd  ever  get  to  see  the  governor  do  it  .  .  .  Now  if  you  Girl  Scouts 
jho  were  hoping  to  get  a  picture  with  Governor  Hunt  will  pray  real 
krd,  maybe  the  lights  will  come  on."  The  lights  came  on  briefly, 
hen  went  out.  "Now  that's  what  I  call  an  immediate  answer  to 
rayer,"  Pierce  said. 

!  Hunt  stayed  around  to  shake  hands  and  talk  with  members  of 
le  congregation  after  the  service  until  news  came  that  a  tornado 
a.d  just  moved  through  Simpson.  Shortly  thereafter,  the  governor 
as  taken  to  the  Greenville  Airport  to  catch  his  flight  home.  "It 
>ok  us  over  an  hour  to  get  him  to  the  airport,  because  we  wanted  to 
nd  a  safe  route,"  Pierce  said.  "We  didn't  get  there  until  11:30,  but 
y  that  time  the  weather  had  cleared  and  it  was  safe  enough  for  the 
bvernor  to  fly  back  to  Raleigh." 

The  Wednesday  night  program  featuring  Hunt  was  the  climax 
b  the  Black  Jack  Free  Will  Baptist  Church's  Special  Family  Month 
feries  of  services.  According  to  Pierce,  other  special  guests  this 
lonth  included  Jack  Richardson,  Pitt  County  Memorial  Hospital 
dministrator;  Judge  Arnold  Jones  of  Goldsboro,  and  the  church's 
outh  director,  the  Rev.  Stacey  Carter. 

Hunt  declined  to  be  interviewed  after  the  service,  saying,  "This 
3  not  a  political  occasion." 

—The  Daily  Reflector 

FHE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


Services  were 
held  at  Black 
Jack  Church, 
as  well  as 
many  other 
churches,  while 
the  worst  storm 
system  in  100 
years  crept  up 
on  its  prey. 


IS  IT  TOO  SOON 
TO  CELEBRATE? 

Dr.  Fred  B.  Craddock  delivered  the  annual  "Sprinkle  Lectures"  at  Atlantic 
Christian  College,  Wilson,  North  Carolina,  in  1982. 

In  physical  stature  he  is  a  small  man.  He  stands  on  a  wooden  box  when 
preaching  in  order  to  see  his  congregation.  When  he  begins  to  preach  he  becomes  a 
spiritual  giant.  You  will  enjoy  this  message  and  it  will  cause  you  to  think. 


As  far  as  I  know,  nowhere  to- 
day are  Christians  meeting 
after  Easter  to  tell  jokes  as  a 
way  of  celebrating  the  Resur- 
rection. There  were  times  and 
there  were  places  in  which 
Christians  met  to  celebrate  the 
joke  that  God  played  on  the 
devil  by  raising  Jesus  from  the 
dead.  "He  who  sits  in  the 
heavens  laughs,"  they  said, 
and  so  they  joined  in  the 
laughter.  I  do  not  know  if  the 
custom  died  or  was  killed.  It 
probably  was  killed  by  some- 
one who  thought  that  levity  and 
laughter  hardly  were  ap- 
propriate to  a  concern  for  the 
sober  business  of  the  Kingdom 
of  God.  And  a  weightier  argu- 
ment against  a  practice  cannot 
be  conceived  than  that  the 
practice  be  regarded  as  lacking 
in  propriety. 

Now  I  must  confess  this  is  for 
me  a  rather  recent  conviction. 
It  was  not  so  in  my  camel's  hair 
and  leather  girdle  days.  In  that 
youthful  era  when  crudeness 
and  awkwardness  were  labeled 
"prophetic,"  I  asked  with  some 
superiority,  "What  has  pro- 
priety to  do  with  the  Kingdom 
of  God?"  Propriety  rhymes 
with  society,  and  the  im- 
mediate image  is  that  of  a  faint 
little  Fauntleroy  trying  to  keep 
both  feet  on  the  floor,  use  the 
right  fork,  hold  his  cup  just  so, 
and  in  general  mind  his  man- 
ners on  the  good  ship  Lollipop. 
But  what  has  all  that  to  do  with 
the  Word  of  God?  The  gospel  is 
made  of  sterner  stuff. 
Therefore,  those  of  us  con- 
cerned with  the  Kingdom  ought 
to  speak  of  taller  things  such  as 


right  and  wrong,  good  and  evil, 
true  and  false.  Our  time  is  con- 
sumed with  weighty  matters; 
none  remains  for  "proper" 
things. 

However,  more  mature  re- 
flection has  caused  me  to  see 
the  devastation  of  a  word  or  a 
comment  or  an  act  that  was  im- 
proper, inappropriate,  out  of 
place.  A  marvelous  evening 
can  be  totally  soured  by  a  state- 
ment that  is  not  false,  not 
wrong,  but  just  out  of  place. 
When  an  usher,  following  a 
worship  service  several  years 
ago,  used  a  candle  from  the 
altar  to  light  his  cigarette,  I 
recall  no  one  saying  that  it  was 
evil  or  that  it  was  false,  but 
they  were  no  less  angered  by  an 
act  that  was  regarded  by  those 
standing  around  as  out  of  place. 
Out  of  place;  isn't  that  what 
junk  is?  Something  good  out  of 
place?  You  can  take  a  doormat, 
a  lampshade,  one  shoe,  one 
glove,  a  key,  and  a  wastebasket 
and  pile  them  in  a  heap  in  an 
alley,  and  someone  will  come 
along  and  remove  the  "junk." 
But  take  each  of  those  items 
and  put  it  back  in  its  proper 
place,  and  it  is  functional  and  it 
is  valuable.  Out  of  place,  isn't 
that  what  evil  is?  Over  the 
counter  in  the  battle  against 
pain  and  disease,  it  was  called 
medicine.  On  a  dark  street,  in  a 
quick  exchange  between 
strangers,  it  was  called  drugs. 
The  difference  was  a  difference 
of  appropriateness.  Such  was 
the  wisdom  of  the  ancient  im- 
age of  Satan  as  a  fallen  angel, 
an  angel  out  of  place. 

On  the  other  hand,  who  has 
not  felt  the  beauty  and  the 


power  of  that  which  is  prop}, 
that  which  is  fitting,  that  whij 
is  appropriate?  The  appj 
priate  card,  the  appropritjg 
word,  or  gift,  or  act  are ''I 
replaceably  meaningful.  A  fi . 
damental  difference  betwe* 
an  effective  and  an  ineffectife 
ministry  is  precisely  this  qusL 
ty  of  being  appropriate  in  wc(| 
and  act.  A  bereaved  familyjj 
helped  immensely  at  a  diffici 
time  not  just  because  tU 
minister  spoke  beautifully  (r 
even  truly,  but  because  ji 
spoke  fittingly.  At  a  weddi; 
the  bride  and  groom  knu 
theirs  is  not  just  another  we- 
ding  ceremony  because  t 
words  were  appropriate  ft 
them.  And  from  the  pulpj, 
whatever  else  you  may  say  f 
the  Word  of  God,  essential  to  L 
definition  is  not  simply  that  ity 
true;  many  empty  and  powt. 
less  things  can  be  said  that  aj 
true.  What  makes  it  the  Word  ' 
God  is  that  it  is  the  proper,  tlii 
appropriate  word,  the  wo:.l 
that  fits. 

The  issue  of  propriety  Is, 
back  of  the  disagreement  I; 
tween  a  father  and  his  son  in, 
story  recorded  in  Luke  15.  Tl 
father  had  two  sons;  tl 
younger  one  had  returne 
home,  smelling  of  pigs  ai 
cheap  perfume  of  harlot 
wearing  rags.  And  the  fathj 
rushed  out  to  meet  him,  sayin 
"Bring  the  rings,  bring  tlj 
robe,  bring  the  shoes,  kill  tl; 
fatted  calf,  hire  the  musician; 
bring  in  the  dancers,  there  wi, 
be  a  party  tonight,  because  nq 
son  is  home."  "Now  his  eld<| 
son  was  in  the  field,  and  as  1 
came  and  drew  near  to  tl! 
house  he  heard  music  and  dan) 
ing.  And  he  called  one  of  tl 
servants  and  asked  what  th 
meant.  And  he  said  to  hiri 
'Your  brother  has  come,  an1 
your  father  has  killed  the  fatte 
calf  because  he  has  receive 
him  safe  and  sound.'  But  11 
was  angry  and  refused  to  go  i) 
His  father  came  out  and  ei 
treated  him,  but  he  answere 
him,  'Lo,  these  many  years 


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jive  served  you  and  I  have 
ver  disobeyed  your  com- 
land,  and  yet  you  never  gave 
,je  a  kid,  that  I  might  make 
Jerry  with  my  friends.  But 
lien  this  son  of  yours  came, 
Jio  has  devoured  your  living 
\  th  harlots,  you  killed  for  him 
te  fatted  calf.'  And  he  said  to 
l|m,  'Son,  you  are  always  with 
ije,  and  all  that  is  mine  is 
jiurs.  It  was  fitting  to  make 
iserry  and  be  glad,  for  this  your 
tyother  was  dead  and  is  alive; 
I  was  lost  and  is  found.'  " 

jThe  older  son's  question  was 
i  good  one.  Is  it  fitting  and 
jioper  to  give  a  party  for  a 
jfodigal?  It  hardly  seems  con- 
jinial  to  our  historic  faith  or 
impropriate  in  a  religion  with  a 
(|nstant  call  to  repentance  and 
iform.  It  hardly  seems  the 
roper  thing  to  do  when  our 
iligion  is  so  filled  with  the 
loral  earnestness  of  the 
Cachings  of  Jesus  himself.  Do 
ik  misunderstand:  neither 
Adaism  nor  Christianity  in 
ilernest  form  has  denied  room 
lir  a  returning  prodigal.  There 
%s  and  is  forgiveness,  but  it 
]\s  been  customary  to  wrap 
ijrgiveness  of  sin  in  sackcloth 
ipt  a  bright  robe,  ashes  not 
jwelry,  tears  not  wine,  bread 
ad  water  not  fatted  calf,  kneel- 
|g  not  dancing.  Even  the  most 
[berated  and  modern  among  us 
lay  have  trouble  fitting  into 
ijie  frame  the  picture  of  a  sin- 
fir  recovered  from  the  error  of 
|s  ways  and  balloons,  con- 
ftti,  banquet  tables,  musi- 
ans,  and  dancing.  Honest  feel- 
gs  prompt  the  question  of  the 
ropriety  of  the  whole  event. 

jOf  course,  there  are  some 
pople  who  think  a  party  is 
jpver  appropriate,  regardless 
|  the  circumstances.  In  cer- 
iin  cases,  I  think  it  is  a  per- 
pality  problem.  Some  folk 
&ve  personalities  that  give  you 
l^e  impression  that  they  are 
j  ways  having  to  clean  up  after 
j  party  to  which  they  had  not 
pen  invited.  There  are  some 
(hers  who  have  no  room  for 
te  party  because  they  think  it 

HE  FREE  WILL  BAPTIST 


is  not  practical.  They  are  will- 
ing to  sell  all  the  violins  and  buy 
hammers  and  hoes,  pull  up  the 
roses  and  plant  onions.  For 
these,  a  meadow  is  grass,  a 
forest  is  wood,  and  a  sunrise  is 
the  time  to  get  up  and  go  to 
work.  Everything  can  be 
recorded  under  "Profit"  or 
"Loss."  They  want  to  do  that 
which  counts,  that  which  is 
practical.  A  party  is  a  waste. 

There  are  some  who  think 
favorably  of  a  party,  when  it's 
appropriate,  when  it  fits,  but 
not  now.  This  is  not  the  time,  it 
would  not  be  proper  now.  You 
see,  all  parties  are  premature. 
They  have  a  point,  you  know; 
all  parties  are  a  little  bit  too 
soon,  aren't  they?  How  do  you 
know  that  the  prodigal  is  not  go- 
ing to  get  a  clean  shirt  and 
leave  again  tomorrow?  Don't 
you  think  you're  having  this 
party  too  soon?  A  wedding 
should  not  be  celebrated  im- 
mediately; how  do  you  know 
that  the  marriage  will  last?  A 
graduation  party?  Isn't  it  a  lit- 
tle early  to  be  celebrating,  you, 
without  a  job  yet,  without  any 
secure  future?  So  the  doctor's 
report  is  in,  and  you  are  in  good 
health?  You  had  best  wait  to 
celebrate  good  health;  there 
are  so  many  germs,  there  is  so 
much  disease.  A  birth  in  the 
family,  you  say?  Your  party  is 
a  bit  premature.  How  do  you 
know  how  this  child  will  turn 
out?  You  know  some  girls  get 
into  trouble  when  they're  older. 


How  do  you  know  this  girl  will 
be  what  you  want  her  to  be?  Or 
this  boy?  Some  youngsters 
grow  up  to  be  totally  worthless. 
Don't  you  think  this  child  is  a 
little  young  to  be  the  occasion 
for  a  party?  Oh,  there  are  some 
folks  who  say  we'll  have  a  party 
at  the  right  time.  But  this  is  not 
the  right  time. 

There  are  some,  however, 
who  find  parties  inappropriate 
for  deeper  reasons.  They  feel 
that  the  laughter,  the  music, 
the  dancing  are  so  insensitive. 
How  can  you  be  having  this  par- 
ty and  eating  the  fatted  calf  and 
singing  and  dancing  with  so 
much  misery  in  the  world?  How 
can  you  celebrate  the  warmth 
of  your  fireplace  when  there 
are  so  many  who  are  cold?  How 
can  you  celebrate  the  warmth 
of  your  clothing  when  there  are 
so  many  naked?  How  can  you 
celebrate  the  company  of  your 
friends  when  there  are  so  many 
lonely  people?  How  can  you 
celebrate  all  this  good  food  with 
so  much  hunger  in  the  world? 
Only  the  most  insensitive  could 
have  a  party  now.  The  Chris- 
tian thing  to  do  is  to  be 
miserable.  You  do  not  have  to 
be  so  radical  as  to  share  your 
food  or  clothing  or  house;  just 
don't  enjoy  them.  Think  of  all 
the  starving  in  India  as  you 
clean  your  plate.  And  certainly 
it  is  not  fitting  that  you 
celebrate. 

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A  boy  hears  a  parade.  At 
least  he  thinks  it  is  a  parade  go- 
ing down  the  street.  He  begins 
to  yell  to  his  mother,  "A 
parade,  a  parade,  a  parade!" 
He  grabs  his  drum  and  sticks 
and  goes  banging  his  drum  out 
the  door,  marching  down  the 
walk  to  the  curb.  He  doesn't 
really  notice  the  parade,  how 
slowly  it  moves.  He  doesn't 
notice  that  the  beautiful  black 
horse  is  without  a  rider,  and  the 
boots  are  turned  backwards  in 
the  stirrups.  He  doesn't  notice 
that  flag-draped  caisson,  mov- 
ing slowly  past  his  house.  "A 
parade,  a  parade!"  and  he 
beats  his  drum  in  grand  excite- 
ment. His  mother  rushes  from 
the  house  and  grabs  the  drum, 
bursts  the  head  of  the  drum, 
and  breaks  the  sticks.  "It  is  not 
fitting  and  proper  for  you  to  be 
playing  that  drum  today,"  and 
she  yanks  him  into  the  house. 

Mary  sits  in  Bethlehem  and 
sings  lullabies  to  her  beautiful 
baby,  Jesus.  It  is  normal  for  a 
happy  young  mother  but  how 
can  she  do  it?  Violent  Herod  is 
on  the  loose.  Five  miles  away, 
in  Ramah,  I  heard  a  voice.  It 
was  the  voice  of  Rachel  crying 
for  her  children,  and  she  would 
not  be  consoled.  Who  has  not 
heard  that  wail,  all  over  the 
world,  Rachel  weeping  for  her 
children,  innocent  victims  of 
violence  and  privation?  So  I 
rushed  to  Bethlehem  and  I  said 
to  Mary,  "Hush,  Mary,  it  isn't 
proper  for  you  to  be  singing  to 
your  baby.  Don't  you  know 
about  Rac